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Casey Janssen (RP)

Washington Nationals - 4% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

The MRI for Nationals setup man Casey Janssen revealed right shoulder tendinitis. He is doubtful for Opening Day (April 6). (Source: William Ladson via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals have other righties in the pen who could set up, so Blake Treinen, Aaron Barrett or Craig Stammen could get holds in Janssen's absence.


Category: Injury Updates

Reliever Casey Janssen will have an MRI exam on his right shoulder on Monday, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. He was scheduled to pitch but reported soreness and difficulty getting loose. (Source: Tom Schad)

Fantasy Impact: Janssen had shoulder surgery in November 2012, but recovered to post two and a half excellent seasons for Toronto. It's very possible he will start the season on the DL.


Category: , Injury Updates

Nationals setup man Casey Janssen disposed of the Mets with only 14 pitches, striking out one and stranding Juan Lagares (who doubled) on second base.

Fantasy Impact: Janssen is probably next in line to get saves if closer Drew Storen falters or needs a day off.


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Casey Janssen signed a one-year, five million dollar contract with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. He will challenge for the closing job in the nation's capital. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This could be a huge move for fantasy RPs, as the Nationals seem to be the surest bet for 95 or more wins and Janssen has been successful in the past with the Blue Jays. He struggled mightly after July last year, posting a 5.79 ERA in the last two months of the season and an .812 OPS allowed, but had a 2.46 ERA from 2011-2013 and has 81 saves over the past three seasons. Janssen saw his walk rate drop from 2.2 in 2013 to 1.4 in 2014, but also has seen his K/9 drop from 9.5 in 2012 to 5.5 in 2014. The fact remains that if Janssen is able to win the closer's job over Drew Storen, there is a good chance that he will have in excess of 35 saves. Over the past four seasons, the Nationals have had a closer with 35 or more saves in each season except 2014, when Rafael Soriano's 32 saves were augmented by Storen's 11. There is potential for Janssen to be as high as a top-5 RP if gains the prestigous Nationals' closer role.