Farrell confident 'pen can adapt to Santos' loss

Farrell confident 'pen can adapt to Santos' loss

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' bullpen has been thrown a curveball early on due to the right shoulder problems that caused closer Sergio Santos to be placed on the disabled list, but manager John Farrell believes his team can easily adapt with the arms it has at its disposal.

"In the current situation, I don't think it has changed things drastically by any means," Farrell said about Santos' DL stint. "[Casey] Janssen finished the year as our eighth-inning guy last year and it slides [Francisco] Cordero back into the closing spot. You never like to lose your closer, but, at the same time, we feel we have guys who have experience in the roles they're currently in.

"I don't think its created an upheaval by any means, even though it's disappointing to lose a quality arm in Sergio."

Janssen was Toronto's eighth-inning man last season and Cordero closed for much of his career -- including 2011 when he notched 37 saves with the Reds -- before signing with the Blue Jays in the offseason.

Farrell stressed that while Santos' loss is a blow to the club, there are many veteran arms capable of taking on a different and bigger role and they are eager to prove as much, especially Cordero.

"The one thing Cordero has been clear with is that he wants the ball every day," Farrell said. "To have that kind of experience of not only closing games out, but the frequency of use, we're fortunate in that regard.

"All guys are different and respond differently, but Cordero is a guy that can pitch frequent days consecutively."

Entering Sunday's contest against the Mariners, Cordero had converted on two of three save opportunities and appeared in nine games, which was as much as any reliever on the team. He also has the second-most active saves in the Majors with 329, trailing only Mariano Rivera.