05/10/12 8:55 PM ET
Farrell pleased with Janssen's effort in save
By Derek Wetmore / Special to MLB.com
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Janssen has what it takes to close games while Sergio Santos recovers from right shoulder inflammation that has sidelined him since April 21.
Janssen doesn't have an overpowering strikeout pitch or prototypical "closer stuff," but Farrell defended him by saying: "Three outs is closer stuff at the right time of the game."
"Swing-and-miss [stuff] is certainly a benefit, however you get that," Farell added.
Wednesday was Toronto's first 1-2-3 ninth inning of the season. "And it felt good," Farrell said. "[Janssen] did what he's very capable of doing, he pitches aggressively, he attacks the strike zone, he's able to use his cutter and his fastball to combat left-handed hitters."
Farrell added that closers must do three things to be successful: Throw strikes, not allow rallies by walking batters and have a short-term memory to forget squandered save opportunities.
Bautista sees Vlad as good fit
MINNEAPOLIS -- When news broke that Vladimir Guerrero had signed a Minor League contract with Toronto, some questioned how he would fit into the lineup.
But Jose Bautista, for one, sounded thrilled with the move.
He pointed out the Guerrero would fit in nicely in a clubhouse that has a lot of Latin players and a good mix of veterans and youth.
"He's not very outspoken at all, but I think with the big Latin crew that we have here, I think he's going to really have fun, really enjoy himself," Bautista said. "He's going to come to work happy every day. And when you have a guy like that with a defined role ... I think he's going to be a very productive player."
"Having a lot of Latin players around him is going to make him a happy man. And happy players usually produce well," Bautista added.
Derek Wetmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.