Janssen was released by the Red Sox on Sunday, Mark Polishuk of MLBTradeRumors.com reports. Janssen exercised his right to opt out of his minor league deal with Boston, and will look to join a major league roster somewhere else. He has not yet appeared in the majors this season, but played decently in the minors, posting a 2.87 ERA over 15.2 innings combined at the Low-A and Triple-A levels.
Janssen has moved up to Triple-A Pawtucket, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The 34-year-old major league veteran has appeared in five games for the PawSox, allowing two runs on three this and three walks in 6.2 innings. Janssen could be part of the September callup as a bullpen depth option.
Janssen has allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six in six innings for short-season Lowell. The plan for the 34-year-old veteran is to eventually move on to Triple-A Pawtucket, putting Janssen in a position to help the major league team in the second half of the season.
Janssen signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Janssen will first report to Short-Season Lowell before joining the team's Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate. A former closer, Janssen last pitched in the majors in 2015 with the Nationals and was granted his release from the Padres after spring training this season. He'll likely serve in an organizational depth role to begin, but could be on the short list of potential call-ups should a Boston reliever suffer an injury.
Janssen was granted his release from the Padres on Thursday. 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.