5/14/2014 9:09 P.M. ET
Janssen getting arm back in midseason form
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Casey Janssen was not available on Wednesday after pitching two consecutive days for the first time this season.
Janssen earned his first save of 2014 in the Blue Jays' 5-4 victory over the Indians on Tuesday, a day after he pitched an inning of relief in what was his first appearance since September 2013.
The 32-year-old missed the first five weeks of the season with a strained oblique, so getting back to top form will take some time. He said pitching two straight nights is normally no problem, but given that he missed the first 38 games to start this year, it will take some getting used to.
"Sore," Janssen said of his arm prior to Wednesday's game against the Indians. "The body's not used to working like that right now. It's something you go through during Spring Training, and because I didn't have much of a Spring Training, it's a shock to the body, those high-intensity pitches."
In addition to allowing his body to adjust to the rigors of pitching on a regular basis, Janssen said there's a mental aspect to recovery as well. He came into the game on Tuesday in a high pressure situation with a low margin for error as the Blue Jays tried to protect a one-run lead.
"I had to be sharp because one mistake can cost you the lead, and potentially the game," he said. "So it was good to get that first one out of the way for sure, and hopefully it'll all go back to the same old, just going out and pitching."
Blue Jays place Navarro on bereavement list
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays recalled Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday after Dioner Navarro was placed on the bereavement/family medical emergency list.
Navarro will be gone for a few days, during which Kratz and Josh Thole will share catching duties, manager John Gibbons said.
Navarro, who's batting .276 with one home run and 16 RBIs, is permitted to be away from the club for between three and seven days while on personal leave.
"We'll see who's pitching," Gibbons said of which catcher will play which days. "Thole has been pretty good at the plate, and Kratz has been pretty good too."
Kratz, a right-handed hitter, entered Wednesday hitting .231 with two homers and six RBIs in 11 games for Toronto this season.
Thole, who hits from the left side, was .375 (15-for-40) in 17 games entering Wednesday. He catches whenever knuckleballer R.A. Dickey starts, and typically logs extra time behind the plate when Navarro needs a day off.
Wagner back in Blue Jays' bullpen
TORONTO -- Relief pitcher Neil Wagner is back with the Blue Jays after the club optioned Chad Jenkins to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.
Manager John Gibbons said the team had a surplus of long relief arms in the bullpen, making the Wagner recall necessary.
"We're pretty good down there as far as length in the bullpen with [Todd] Redmond and [Esmil] Rogers," Gibbons said. "Wagner can bail us out a little bit. [Steve] Delabar needs another day [of rest], [Casey] Janssen needs another day. Really, with two long guys, it made sense."
Wagner has made nine appearances with the Blue Jays this season, logging 8 2/3 innings for a 3.12 ERA.
The 30-year-old has pitched well enough to earn a spot on the Major League roster, but because he still has Minor League options, Wagner has fallen victim to the numbers game.
"That's one of the upsides to getting sent down," he said. "Burn another [option]. I have one left, but hopefully I'll pitch well and I won't need to use it, but we'll see.
"The fact that you know that's just how it is, that there's really not anything you can do about it, doesn't make it any less frustrating. But the bottom line is, you go down, put up your numbers and do your thing. Or else you sit and mope and you won't come back."
Wagner is coming off a right forearm strain that caused him to take a stint on the disabled list at Triple-A Buffalo. He made five appearances for the Bisons and allowed no earned runs over 5 1/3 innings of work while tallying three saves.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.