Casey Janssen RP WAS 1 month 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 WAS 1 month 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 WAS 1 month 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 WAS 1 month 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 WAS 1 month 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 WAS 2 months ago

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

Casey Janssen RP WAS 2 months ago

Janssen (shoulder) will continue his rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Janssen has already completed multiple outings with High-A Potomac, so this is the next logical step in his rehab. Once the right-hander can pitch in back-to-back games, his activation to the majors should be right around the corner.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 2 months ago

Janssen (shoulder) began his rehab assignment Thursday and threw a scoreless inning at Single-A Potomac, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Janssen needed just nine pitches to get out of the inning Thursday and notched one strikeout. There has been no announcement as to when he'll make his next rehab appearance.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 2 months ago

Janssen (shoulder) is on track to begin his rehab assignment Thursday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Janssen has been on the shelf for a month due to rotator cuff tendinitis, but he hasn't suffered any setbacks and is nearing a return. He threw one inning at extended spring training Monday and is slated to begin his rehab assignment Thursday.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 2 months ago

Janssen (shoulder) threw an inning in an extended spring training game Thursday, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Janssen threw 16 pitches in Thursday's outing and reported no setbacks. He is scheduled to make one more appearance in an extended spring game, and if all goes well, he will begin a rehab assignment shortly thereafter.