ST. PETERSBURG -- Despite previous claims to the contrary, it would appear as though the Blue Jays no longer have a full-time closer in their bullpen.
Right-hander Aaron Sanchez recorded his second save in less than a week during Wednesday night's 7-4 victory over the Rays. As he was getting warmed up in the bullpen, all previous closer Casey Janssen could do is watch and know there will be even more questions about his future with the organization.
The last time Sanchez got a save, manager John Gibbons said it was because the club wanted to use him in two-inning stints. This time it was because he had previously warmed up.
"He was up and hot so regardless he was going to be down the next two days anyways, so we might as well use him," Gibbons said. "We might as well use him."
Janssen, who is set to hit free agency at the end of the season, has spent the past two and a half years as the Blue Jays' closer. He struggled after the All-Star break when he came down with a serious case of food poisoning and he has spent the past couple of weeks outside of his primary role.
Gibbons has turned to Janssen once in his club's previous four save opportunities. In addition to Sanchez's two saves, left-hander Brett Cecil also recorded one during a recent win over the Red Sox. Janssen's lone save came with a scoreless inning in a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Sunday.
Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.