Casey Janssen RP WSH 1 month ago

Janssen was granted his release from the Padres on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A non-roster invitee to training camp, Janssen posted a 3.00 ERA and 3:0 K:BB over six innings of Cactus League work this spring. He posted sub-2.60 ERAs each year from 2011 to 2013, but the 34-year-old right declined in a major way the past two seasons, with last year's shoulder injury perhaps playing a role. Though he should latch on with another organization soon enough, Janssen probably won't find a big-league job before Opening Day.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 2 months ago

Janssen signed a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Saturday with the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Janssen had a season to forget in Washington during 2015. Shoulder issues impeded him out of the gate and he did not get much better from there, finishing with a 4.95 ERA in 40 innings while blowing all three of his save opportunities. He has a decent enough track record from before 2015 to think he makes the Padres' 25-man roster, so long as he is at 100 percent. If he gets there, he is definitely a candidate for some late inning duties.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 6 months ago

Janssen's mutual option for 2016 was declined Monday and he will now become a free agent, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Janssen's lone season in Washington was a bumpy one, as he posted a 4.95 ERA and failed to record a save and he'll now be free to find a new home. The 34-year-old likely won't be able to land a closer role out of the gate, but with 90 saves to his name, the righty could work his way into higher leverage situations wherever he lands.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 7 months ago

Janssen could see some save opportunities over the final week of the season following the suspension of Jonathan Papelbon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He hasn't been used in many high-leverage situations in the second half, but Janssen is the only reliever in the bullpen with recent closing experience. The Nats could elect to give younger arms like Felipe Rivero a look in the role as well, however.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 11 months ago

Janssen blew his first save of the season Saturday, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks in a disastrous eighth inning.

After three solid appearances following his activation from the DL, Janssen suddenly looked a lot more like the pitcher who lost the closer job in Toronto last year. The Nats are hoping he can be an effective set-up man for Drew Storen, but Janssen won't have a long leash in the role if he has many more implosions like Saturday's.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 11 months ago

Janssen tossed two-thirds of an inning Sunday, striking out one, to pick up his first hold of the season.

He worked in back-to-back games this weekend without any issues, so it looks like Janssen's shoulder is fine. Don't expect to see him on the hill Monday, but he should slot in as Drew Storen's main set-up man going forward.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 11 months ago

Janssen (shoulder) was reinstated from the DL on Friday.

He has been nursing a shoulder injury since the start of the season but will now claim a role setting up Drew Storen in the back of the Nationals' bullpen. While Janssen is a very effective reliever, he does not offer the bulk strikeouts that some other setup aces bring to the table.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 12 months ago

Janssen (shoulder) said Tuesday that the Nationals potentially want him to make two more rehab appearances to work on his curveball, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

There was talk that Janssen could be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, but he'll instead make at least one more rehab appearance. He should still be ready to join the big-league roster by the beginning of next week, if not at some point this week. Janssen figures to work in a setup role, and he could be a consistent source of holds.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 12 months ago

Janssen (shoulder) could be activated from the DL on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Although he has yet to throw an inning in the majors this year due to the injury, if Janssen is effective upon his return he should quickly slot into the Nationals' set-up picture alongside Aaron Barrett and Matt Thornton.

Casey Janssen RP WSH 12 months ago

Janssen (shoulder) is scheduled to appear in back-to-back games at Double-A Harrisburg starting Saturday, reports.

Pitching on consecutive days is the next hurdle for Janssen, who is working his way back from rotator cuff tendinitis. If he is able to throw two days in a row without a setback, a call-up to the Nationals would likely follow soon thereafter.