The Blue Jays will start the season without their closer.
Janssen saved 34 games last season.
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By John Halpin
Happy Opening Day, everyone! We're not going to count last night or the games in Australia if it's OK with you. There are 13 games on today's schedule, with only the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers and Padres off.
Many players went on the DL over the weekend - we won't name them all here today - but a big one was Blue Jays' closer Casey Janssen, who will miss at least a couple of weeks with a left abdominal and lower back strain. The Jays don't seem too worried, but unlike many of the other DL announcements, this one isn't retroactive to a date that will allow Janssen to be activated later this week. Sergio Santos will serve as the Jays' closer until at least April 13.
On to the rest of the news:
Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw is on the DL with a back issues. He could be back as soon as next Tuesday, and we should know more as the week progresses.
Tough to find a streaming starter on an Opening Day full of aces? Try Tanner Scheppers, who is owned in just 16.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. Scheppers got today's start for the Rangers through process of elimination, but he could be OK this season, and will face a fading Phillies' lineup. This blog will feature a streaming starter selection each day; last season's picks were 108-63 (.632). To be eligible for a Fantasy Quality Start, a starter must be owned in fewer than 40 percent of leagues. Then, the starter must pitch a minimum of five innings, and meet at least two of the following: 4.00 ERA/1.30 WHIP/4 K/Win.