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Sunday, May 11, 2014
Blue Jays activate Casey Janssen

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The Toronto Blue Jays have activated closer Casey Janssen from the disabled list, a move that could stabilize one of the majors' worst bullpens.

Casey Janssen
Casey Janssen had 34 saves last season but has not pitched for Toronto yet this season due to a back injury.

The Blue Jays activated Janssen prior to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, designating infielder Chris Getz for assignment in a corresponding roster move.

Janssen, 32, missed the first six weeks of the season due to a back injury that he originally suffered at the end of spring training.

Toronto's bullpen has struggled during Janssen's absence, entering Sunday with a 4.77 ERA -- the fourth-highest in the majors.

Janssen went 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a career-high 34 saves last season, his seventh with the Blue Jays.

Getz was expendable because the Blue Jays intend to use third baseman Brett Lawrie at second against right-handed pitchers so they can keep Juan Francisco in the lineup at third. Lawrie missed his sixth straight game Sunday with a sore right hamstring, but is expected to return Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.