Padres grant former Blue Jays closer Janssen his release

Casey Janssen (44) throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets. (Alex Brandon/AP)

PEORIA, Ariz. — The San Diego Padres granted Casey Janssen’s request and gave the veteran reliever his release Thursday.

The 34-year-old Janssen was in camp as a nonroster player.

Signed on Feb. 20, the right-hander was competing for a roster spot with Kevin Quackenbush, Fernando Rodney, Nick Vincent and Carlos Villanueva. Janssen had a 3.00 ERA in six games this spring.

Janssen went 2-5 with a 4.95 ERA in 48 games for Washington last year. He had started the season on the disabled list.

Janssen posted a career-best 34 saves with Toronto in 2013.