Mar 24, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Casey Janssen (44) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays activate reliever Casey Janssen from DL

The Toronto Blue Jays have activated right-handed reliever Casey Janssen from the disabled list, the team announced on Sunday.

Janssen started the season on the DL with an abdominal strain, and has been out for six weeks with a back and oblique injury.

To make room on the roster for the 32-year-old Janssen, the Blue Jays have designated second baseman Chris Getz, who appeared in 10 games and posted a .160 average, for assignment.

This will provide a much-needed boost to the Toronto bullpen which has struggled this season with a 4.77 ERA — the fourth-highest in the majors — while Janssen has been out.

Janssen posted 34 saves in 36 chances during the 2013 season, and went 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA.



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