Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen had one minor-league rehab outing back on April 15 before he suffered a setback and was shut down as he attempted to return from lower back pain. It now appears he's set to give it another go:
#BlueJays closer Casey Janssen begins rehab assignment tonight when he starts for double-A New Hampshire vs Binghamton. May need 4-5 outings— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 5, 2014
Four to five outings will likely take a bit over a week, because at some point they'll want to test him in back-to-back appearances before deciding he's ready to rejoin the ballclub. Janssen also dealt with shoulder soreness in spring training.
Janssen, 32, converted 34 of his 36 save chances (94 percent) last season with a 2.56 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.
Janssen's return is much needed for the Jays. Entering Monday, they rank 29th in baseball with a 5.33 bullpen ERA. They have five blown saves and of their 17 losses, eight have been charged to the bullpen.