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Casey Janssen shut down with more back problems

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 14: Casey Janssen #44 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on September 14, 2013 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen began a minor-league rehab assignment by throwing a scoreless inning Tuesday at Single-A, but now Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s been “temporarily shutdown” with more back soreness.

Janssen has been on the disabled list since late spring training with a strained lower back and abdomen, opening the door for Sergio Santos to take over as Toronto’s closer.

Last season Janssen saved 34 games with a 2.56 ERA and he’s got a combined 2.80 ERA in 241 innings since 2010, so the closer gig will presumably be waiting for him when he returns, but now it sounds like it might be a while.
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