Blue Jays activate Casey Janssen

The Toronto Blue Jays have activated closer Casey Janssen from the disabled list, a move that could stabilize one of the majors' worst bullpens.

The Blue Jays activated Janssen prior to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, designating infielder Chris Getz for assignment in a corresponding roster move.

Janssen, 32, missed the first six weeks of the season due to a back injury that he originally suffered at the end of spring training.

Toronto's bullpen has struggled during Janssen's absence, entering Sunday with a 4.77 ERA -- the fourth-highest in the majors.

Janssen went 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a career-high 34 saves last season, his seventh with the Blue Jays.

Getz was expendable because the Blue Jays intend to use third baseman Brett Lawrie at second against right-handed pitchers so they can keep Juan Francisco in the lineup at third. Lawrie missed his sixth straight game Sunday with a sore right hamstring, but is expected to return Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.