The Nationals' bullpen could soon get a significant boost, as offseason acquisition Casey Janssen is just days away from beginning a rehab assignment as he recovers from right shoulder tendinitis.
The right-hander could begin rehab games as soon as Thursday after throwing an inning at extended spring training on Monday.
Manager Matt Williams described Janssen's timetable before Monday's game against the Miami Marlins:
"Well, he's got to make sure that he gets through the normal spring training-ish work. So that would mean that he would get, certainly in a more competitive game, not so much controlled. So that's probably Thursday, if all goes well and he feels good, and then we'd have to get him a back-to-back as well like we always want to do with relievers. So that progression is a normal spring training progression. So it depends on how he feels. But today was good."
Jansse, 33, has yet to appear with the Nationals after signing as a free agent on Feb. 2. The eight-year MLB veteran spent the first part of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays and has a 3.52 ERA in 389 total games.