Blue Jays closer Janssen starts season on DL

TORONTO (AP) Toronto has placed closer Casey Janssen on the 15-day disabled list due to a strain in his left abdominal area and lower back.

Janssen, 4-1 with 34 saves and a 2.56 ERA last year, was limited at spring training because of shoulder soreness.

The 32-year-old right-hander allowed one earned run and four hits in three innings during three exhibition appearances,

Catcher Erik Kratz was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, a day ahead of Toronto's opener at Tampa Bay. Kratz hit .400 in spring training and had been sent to minor league camp earlier in the week after losing the backup job to Josh Thole.

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