Feb 18, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Tomo Ohka throws the ball during a drill as the Blue Jays workout at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays injuries to Janssen & Rasmus, Perez and Ohka reassigned

Blue Jays’ closer Casey Janssen who has yet to make his first spring training appearance, will be shut down for a week with minor shoulder inflammation.

Fan 590′s Mike Wilner reports that no one thinks that this will a big deal:

In other injury related notes, Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus was penciled in to start today’s game against the Yankees, however felt his neck was a bit stiff and decided to sit this one out. Citing that he had slept incorrectly and woke up with a kink in his neck.

Mike Wilner reports that Rasmus believes he’ll be fine in a couple of days:


And finally, the Blue Jays have reassigned relievers Juan Perez and Tomo Ohka to the minor league camp. Neither pitcher made an appearance in the Blue Jays’s 5 spring training games.

The 35 year old Perez was a pleasant surprise for the Jays last season, making 19 relief appearances with a 3.69 ERA, 1.20 WHIP. But his season was cut short after suffering a partially torn UCL in August. Blue Jays signed him to a minor league contract this offseason with an invite to spring training.

Tomo Ohka, better known as ‘the other knuckleballer on the Blue Jays’, returned to the franchise for a 2nd stint (2007) after the Jays signed him to a minor league contract. Ohka returned to America at 37 years old with a new knuckleball added to his arsenal— after pitching in his home Japan for the Yokohama Baystars over the past 4 years.

Blue Jays are currently 3-2 in spring training after suffering back-to-back losses to the Baltimore Orioles (9-7) and New York Yankees (8-2).

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  • David Stewart

    That makes sense. Perez and Ohka were signed on as depth for AAA. They were observed in practices and because every game will be needed to see who goes north there is no chance for them to pitch. Why stay? They should be in the minor league camp.

    Redmond threw too high today. He did not make a good impression to be a starter. Rogers did not do so great either. To heck with options, Hutchison should be the fifth starter.

    • Kevin Thang

      Still far too early to tell, 2 innings is a minuscule sample size.
      Redmond pitched 2 perfect innings in his 1st spring appearance on Wednesday, and then yesterday happened.
      But I do believe if it’s a close race at the end of the month, no question jays management favours either Drabek or Hutchison

    • scottrob77

      I didn’t think that Okha would ever make the team, but I figured that they’d keep him around a while longer to at least observe Dickey and work on the knuckleball a little more.