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With Casey Janssen on the slow track, Sergio Santos appears poised to provide the Toronto Blue Jays with an appealing option for the closer’s job.
Santos breezed through a perfect inning Thursday in the Blue Jays’ 1-0 exhibition win over the New York Yankees. In two outings this spring, he has faced the minimum six batters.
Janssen, last year’s closer, is building up his arm strength in long-toss sessions after undergoing shoulder surgery in November. It remains uncertain whether he will be ready for opening night.
Santos says all the politically correct things about taking over for Janssen.
“My goal is to get three outs with no runs, whether it’s in the eighth or ninth,” he said. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of difference to me.”
But he clearly believes he can do the job for which he was acquired in a trade before the 2012 season before shoulder problems shut him down. Janssen, he said, is “a big piece” in the bullpen, but the Jays can survive the early season without him if necessary, Santos said.
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