It seems almost fitting that on Day 1 of Spring Training one of the main topics of conversations was injuries. The Blue Jays were decimated by trips to the disabled list in 2012, and while the hope is that history won't repeat itself, multiple players will have to be monitored.
Closer Casey Janssen is coming off right shoulder surgery in the offseason, and while he is expected to be 100 percent by Opening Day, he is less than that right now. The veteran's offseason throwing program was delayed, and he will be forced to play gradual catchup during the early weeks of camp.
If Janssen is unable to go by April, the job would most likely be handed to Sergio Santos, who began the 2012 campaign in the closer's role but lasted only six games before he was shut down with a shoulder injury of his own. For now, Santos would have to be considered Plan B, as the goal remains to have Janssen on the mound and ready to go.
"Right now I'm in a little bit of the building phase, but at the same time I'm going out there and not thinking about my arm and just throwing, which is nice," Janssen said. "I'm a little bit behind but not far enough where I can't catch up.