Casey Janssen Comments on Potential Debut

Janssen could be flying north to Toronto tomorrow

The wait is on for Casey Janssen. He has heard all the rumors about getting called up to the majors, but has yet to receive the call to let him know it will happen for sure. The Jays will need a starter for Thursday, and Janssen is one of the names the Jays are considering. Francisco Rosario is the other. A team official told ITD Tuesday that the club was still looking over their options. We caught up with Janssen on Tuesday to get his thoughts about a possible debut.

Casey Janssen has skyrocketed through the Jays farm system since being selected in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

"We like a couple guys down there in Triple-A to come up and do the job," Gibbons said on Tuesday.

Janssen's stay in the majors could end up being for up to a month, if not more, with A.J. Burnett out at least two weeks, and will likely need another two weeks to get back to game shape.

"We're not looking at it as a one-time deal. Of course if the guy comes up and struggles, we may change that. But we want the guy to make a few starts until A.J. is ready."

Here is what Casey Janssen had to say to InsideTheDome on Tuesday afternoon.

Janssen on getting that phone call--

"I'll be excited. I don't want to get too excited yet because nothing has happened. I just have to keep working every day and preparing myself for whatever they (Blue Jays) throw at me."

On brief start last outing--

"It left me as a possibility. It left me so I would be fresh enough to pitch. But they (Blue Jays) haven't decided...so were all waiting.

On walking out onto the field in the show whenever that day comes--

"You dream from early childhood for that to happen and if it would come true that would be awesome. We have great pitching down here and whoever they (Blue Jays) decide to chose is going to serve the Blue Jays well."

On his quick rise through the organization

"It's happen fast. It was a little faster then I expected. To come in here in my second full season and be at the Triple-A level still feels a little weird. The last year I spent in school helped me figure out a lot of things. Being surrounded with these coaches here in the organization has helped to learn the game, learn the system and learn how to pitch as a pro. It has really helped my success."

On first Triple-A start--

"It wasn't my best outing ever. It wasn't the worst one either. I just have to keep battling. I need to learn from every time I step out on the mound. I need to learn the hitters and also learn from these guys in the clubhouse so I can develop even more to become a better pitcher. The first one is by me and it's time to move on."

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