DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Colby Rasmus was scratched from the lineup on Sunday afternoon because of a sore neck.
The injury isn't considered serious, and if Sunday's had been a regular-season game, he likely would have played. But with a little less than four weeks remaining until Opening Day, there was no point in pushing the issue and risking a future setback.
Rasmus had been scheduled to play center field and bat seventh against the Yankees but instead received permission to take the day off.
"I feel all right, just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning," Rasmus said. "I have a little crick in my neck. ... I felt like I needed to take myself out just as a precaution. But in a couple of days, I should be fine."
The injury news for some of the other position players was a little more positive. Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie were back in the lineup just one day after being scratched because of various ailments.
Lawrie was held out of Saturday afternoon's game against the Orioles because of a tight hamstring. Encarnacion received the past two days off as the Blue Jays took a cautious approach following last September's surgery on his wrist.
Janssen limited by soreness in shoulder
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Closer Casey Janssen was looking forward to his first normal Spring Training in recent memory but instead finds himself dealing with another sore shoulder.
Janssen battled shoulder issues all of last season following offseason surgery, but this year was supposed to be different. He entered camp healthy and ready to go, but the soreness has resurfaced, and his throwing schedule is expected to be limited for the next week.
The good news is that the discomfort is in a different spot from last season. It's in the back of the shoulder instead of the top, and doesn't appear to be related to last year's problems.
"I think it's just the inflammation," said Janssen, who underwent an MRI earlier in the week that didn't reveal any structural damage. "It's going to subside. Just take a couple of days off and get right back on and start throwing again.
"It happens with a lot of people around baseball this time of year. It may be a product of doing a little too much too early on. I was feeling good coming in, and maybe just backing off will be a good thing."
The issue doesn't appear to be anything serious, and no one around the organization seems overly concerned. That shouldn't come as a surprise, because last season Janssen made just two appearances in the spring and still started the season with the ballclub and didn't require a stint on the disabled list.
Janssen has yet to appear in a game this spring and should be at least a week away from returning to action. He hasn't thrown since the middle of last week, and he'll need to throw a couple of sides before getting into an official Grapefruit League contest.
"A little bit in the decelerators, which is a good thing," Janssen said of the discomfort. "Hopefully, last year is in the past, and the headache of last year doesn't come back.
"It always [stinks], but I think I know how to get ready. I was looking forward to a normal spring, coming with all the guys, and that's what I was expecting. But unfortunately, I haven't been in a game yet and all the other stuff, but I'll get there. Eyes are on Opening Day, like they always were."
Janssen has been one of the more reliable closers in baseball since taking over the role on a permanent basis midway through the 2012 season. He has just four blown saves in his past 60 opportunities and is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.56 ERA.
Mixed results for Redmond, Rogers vs. Yanks
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- It was a tale of two innings for right-hander Todd Redmond during Sunday afternoon's game against the Yankees.
Redmond entered during the third and walked the first batter he faced. Eduardo Nunez and Carlos Beltran then stepped up and recorded back-to-back homers that easily cleared the wall.
The 28-year-old Redmond eventually settled down and got through the rest of the third inning unscathed before pitching a clean fourth. The wind was blowing out at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, but it was the location of his early pitches that caused most of the problems.
"When I started Spring Training, I felt good. That was the first time so far this spring I got underneath a lot of pitches," Redmond said. "But besides that, I made the adjustment after that first inning and was able to come back out and perform where I needed to be."
It was a minor setback in Redmond's quest to secure the final spot in Toronto's rotation. He was coming off a pair of scoreless innings against the Phillies, but this outing won't help his cause. Still, there's plenty of time remaining this spring, and the club isn't going to make a decision based on one appearance.
Right-hander Esmil Rogers got the start and also had an up-and-down performance. He recorded a three-up-three-down first inning, but then allowed three singles and one run during the second. The consolation is that only one of those three hits was well struck.
Rogers is set to earn $1.84 million this season and likely has a guaranteed job. The question that still hasn't been answered, though, is whether that job will be in the rotation or the bullpen. One big key for Rogers this season could be his changeup, which is what he was working on vs. the Yankees.
"I'm getting confident right now with my changeup and all of my pitches," Rogers said. "I didn't throw the curveball today. ... I threw the cutter, slider and changeup. My sinker was good today, too.
"[The changeup] is what I'm working for, and [playing] Dominican winter ball, I was working on my changeup. Now I feel more comfortable. I had it before, but I didn't have much confidence in it. Right now I can throw it any time I want. I threw it today to [Jacoby] Ellsbury [on a] 2-2 [count]."