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Casey Janssen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/17/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals declined RHP Casey Janssen's $7 million mutual option for the 2016 season.
Janssen gets a $1.5 million buyout instead. The 34-year-old reliever will hit the free agent market having posted a 4.95 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 27/8 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this past season for the Nationals. There should be some low-base one-year offers out there. Nov 2 - 3:53 PM

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Nationals activated RHP Casey Janssen from the 15-day disabled list.

Janssen has been out all season while battling a shoulder issue. He figures to be eased back into things initially but should eventually find himself as one of the main setup men for closer Drew Storen.
May 22 - 2:27 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) is not ready to be activated from the disabled list.

The original expectation was that Janssen would join the Nationals after making back-to-back appearances over the weekend, but the team thinks that he needs more time. He's expected to pitch with Double-A Harrisburg again on Tuesday. It doesn't sound like he's far off.
May 19 - 4:07 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list after making the second of back-to-back rehab appearances with Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday.

Janssen has surrendered four this and three runs -- one earned -- over three innings to this point on his rehab assignment. They would figure to give him Sunday after after back-to-back appearances, so activating him on May 19 after Monday's off day would make sense. "We’ll see how it all pans out," Nationals manager Matt Williams said.
May 15 - 10:11 AM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) has joined Double-A Harrisburg to continue his minor league rehab assignment.

Janssen, who is working his way back from right shoulder tendinitis, made it through two outings with High-A Potomac without any issues. The Nationals will likely want to see him go back-to-back days before activating him, but he's getting close.
May 12 - 3:07 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) allowed three runs -- one earned -- in one inning of work Sunday in his second rehab appearance at High-A Potomac.

Janssen gave up a homer, a double, and a triple in the ugly frame. But the important thing is that he felt good and is pushing toward his Nationals debut. "We brought him in here to be a veteran presence in the backend of games and he’s got the track record to do so," general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday. "We feel that he’ll be a good addition to the bullpen when he’s healthy."
May 11 - 8:37 AM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) worked a scoreless inning in his first minor league rehab game with Class-A Potomac on Thursday.

Janssen needed just nine pitches, all strikes, to get through the frame which included a strikeout. He'll need to work in back-to-back games before he's able to rejoin the Nationals bullpen, which should occur at some point next week.
May 7 - 11:01 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday.

It's not clear which affiliate he'll be assigned to. Janssen has already appeared in some extended spring training games but will need to pitch on back-to-back days during his rehab assignment before the Nationals activate him.
May 4 - 4:54 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw an inning Thursday in an extended spring training game.

The plan calls for him to throw in another extended spring training game before going out on an official minor league rehab assignment. Janssen has missed the first month of the season with right shoulder tendinitis.
Apr 30 - 5:52 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw live batting practice on Monday.

The next step is a simulated game on Thursday. It's not clear whether the Nationals will ask Janssen to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated, but it appears he'll be back before long.
Apr 27 - 5:27 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Assuming he recovers fine, he'll be cleared to throw a simulated game. It's not clear whether the Nationals will ask Janssen to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated, but it appears he's turned a corner with his shoulder ailment.
Apr 24 - 5:33 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) said he plans to play catch Friday.

Janssen is struggling as he attempts to overcome rotator cuff tendinitis in his right shoulder. He will soon head out to Viera, Florida to continue his rehab in a warmer climate. Janssen was set to be the Nationals' setup man, but the injury has cast doubt about when that scenario might happen. He doesn't seem to be a good bet before May at this point.
Apr 8 - 6:28 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) still hasn't been cleared to throw.

Janssen was placed on the disabled list on March 27 with right shoulder tendinitis and can be safely ruled out for all of April at this point. The 33-year-old right-hander logged just 45 2/3 innings in his final season with the Blue Jays due to health issues.
Apr 8 - 4:34 PM

Nationals placed RHP Casey Janssen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with right shoulder tendinitis.

The Nationals don't expect the veteran right-hander to be sidelined long, and he could rejoin the bullpen in mid-April. Blake Treinen could work in a primary setup capacity while Janssen is sidelined.
Apr 5 - 4:47 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) played catch on Friday.

It's the first time he's thrown since being diagnosed with right rotator cuff tendinitis earlier this week. The Nationals don't think Janssen will be sidelined long, but he's likely to begin the season on the disabled list.
Apr 3 - 11:48 AM

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