Casey Janssen
Casey Janssen

Casey Janssen (RP)

Boston Red Sox

Bats: R   Throws: R

It took Casey Janssen only seven pitches to dispose of three Rockies hitters to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: It's not clear if Drew Storen has so completely lost the trust of his manager that he will not be used in hold or save situations, but Janssen (1-2, ERA 3.14) has generally been reliable whenever called upon.

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Casey Janssen allowed one hit and was aided by his defense, but held on to a 5-2 lead for the Nats in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: This was the third straight day Janssen (1-2, ERA 3.26) pitched a scoreless eighth inning as he makes his case to be the Nats' primary setup man.

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Casey Janssen pitched the ninth inning of a 7-2 victory (non-save situation) allowing one single.

Fantasy Impact: Since coming off the disabled list May 23, Janssen (0-1, ERA 4.00) has made ten appearances and nine of them have been scoreless (three holds). He has inherited four runners, none have scored.

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Casey Janssen did not shine when handed a 5-4 Nationals lead in the eighth inning, as he allowed four runs on four hits and two walks (one intentional).

Fantasy Impact: This was only Janssen's fourth appearance since coming off the DL with a shoulder injury. He had not previously allowed any base runners, earning two holds.

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Casey Janssen earned his third hold of the 2015 season, entering a 2-0 game with two on, none out, and retiring the side.

Fantasy Impact: Despite starting the season on the DL and a fastball velocity of only 88 MPH, Janssen showed excellent control..

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The Nationals activated RH teliever Casey Jansse prior to Firday night's game against the Phillies. He had been on the DL all season recovering from right shoulder tendinitis. (Source: Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Janssen is expected to pitch the eighth inning and occasionally close if Drew Storen is not available.

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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.

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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.

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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.