Kickstart to the starting rotation

After one of the most morally deflating series losses in recent memory, the Toronto Blue Jays received the equivalency of a B12 shot to the starting rotation. Some great news today that both Casey Janssen and Ricky Romero will both be rejoining the Jays and will fill the vacant spots in the rotation left by Brett Cecil and Robert Ray.

Janssen will make his long-awaited return to the Blue Jays on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. It’s certainly been a long road back to the majors for Casey Jannsen since his last big league game on September 4th, 2007. It will also be a completely different set of circumstances this time around; back in 2007, Janssen was the setup man for Jeremy Accardo. I’m usually not a huge fan of relievers moving from the bullpen to the rotation. But with Janssen being away from the majors for so long, he’s had ample time to be groomed and retooled as a starting pitcher.

And just to get you pumped for this weekend’s interleague series against the Braves, here’s a little musical motivation courtesy of The Crue. I realize it’s no Friday Rock Out from the Tao of Stieb, but I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to use one of my favourite hair metal songs of all time.


Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

4 thoughts on “Kickstart to the starting rotation

  • May 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    It will be great to see Janssen back on the mound. I have liked Janssen’s stuff since day 1, actually more then Marcum when they both came up. I think Casey is well liked inside the team and I think everyone is pulling for him.

    You’re right they needed something after Boston, I thought Wells/Rios would loose it last night with the strikezone being what it was.

  • May 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Janssen was a phenomenal setup man in 2007. I think he was overworked that year though, which could have led to his injury. We’ll all be rooting for him, that’s for sure.

    Wells actually kept a cool head last night, it was Rios and Rolen who I thought were the most pissed off at those calls. Bring on A-Town!

  • May 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Nothing better than Kickstart My Heart to wash away the bad mojo that Jimmy Ray left.

  • May 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Yeah, it’s like night and day isn’t it? Sorry about that Jimmy Ray again … it just fit well with Bobby Ray. Hopefully we will never ever have to hear that song again.

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