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Sergio Santos Looks To Regain Closer Role With Toronto Blue Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Sergio Santos is in the midst of re-establishing himself as one of the league’s premier closers. Santos is dueling with his replacement last season Casey Janssen as spring training kicks into full swing.

Santos was acquired in the 2011 off-season from the Chicago White Sox for pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Santos and all the hype made six appearances before suffering a season ending injury to his right shoulder that required surgery.

Santos was a 1st round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2002 before the Blue Jays acquired him as a shortstop in 2005 as a piece in the Troy Glaus deal. Santos would toil in the Jays minor league system before being lost on waivers in 2008. Santos made his major league debut in 2010 as a reliever for the Chicago White Sox but charged onto the scene the following year saving 30 contests for the White Sox.

Santos appears 100 percent healthy in Grapefruit League action taking no prisoners in his first three appearances this spring. The closer door is wide open as Casey Janssen is recovering slower than anticipated from minor offseason shoulder surgery. Janssen converted 22 saves in Santos absence last season.

With all of their relievers in the fold, the Blue Jays should have a solid threesome locking down games in the likes of Darren Oliver, Casey Janssen and Sergio Santos.

The fire baller hopes to showcase what Blue Jays fans have anxiously waited a year to witness.

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.