The age-old philosophy of “next man up” has a funny way of presenting itself.
On Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays placed former interim closer Sergio Santos on the 15-day DL with right forearm soreness. However, that next man up will be none other than the original closer himself, Casey Janssen, who has since been activated (finally) from the DL.
Was the cause of Santos’ struggles so far this season an injury? That would be the easy way out. The power righty’s FB/slider combo was at times unhittable, but injury or not; command (or lack thereof) was his downfall. The wild ride the entire Blue Jays’ bullpen has been on in 2014 has recently taken a turn for the worse.
Well, folks, stability is right around the corner. Look for Janssen to slide right back into his usual role of late-inning hero. Jays fans are in need of some good news, as Sunday’s mauling at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels marked three defeats in a row.
Santos does own the ability to help this squad, and perhaps the time off can be a blessing in disguise. However, there is no time like the present for the team to get one of its leaders back into the fold. Janssen might not have a big personality, but his mound presence is one that looms large.