Brett Cecil RP TOR 1 week ago

Cecil picked up the win on Saturday, giving up a hit and striking out one in a scoreless 10th inning.

He topped out at 92 mph with his sinker, and while he still sports an ugly 6.23 ERA on the season, a few more solid outings could put Cecil back in the Jays' closer picture.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 1 week ago

Cecil was lit up for three runs on three hits, including a pair of home runs, while recording just two outs and absorbing the loss in an 8-7 decision against the Braves on Friday night.

He entered the game with the score tied in the eighth inning, so he was not in a position to record a save, but before this meltdown, his recent performances might have positioned him for another go as Toronto's closer in the near future. Miguel Castro's spot in that role would now seem to be safe for the immediate future.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 1 week ago

Cecil struck out the only batter he faced in Wednesday's 12-7 victory over the Rays.

After blowing his first save opportunity of the season, Cecil was relegated to the setup role, a place where he excelled last season. In three appearances since being demoted from the closer role, he's allowed just one baserunner in 2.1 innings with at least one strikeout in every appearance. Cecil was still recovering from a shoulder injury at the start of the season, but is now getting his sea legs under him. He could return to the closer role at some point this season, but has some value as a setup man as his high strikeout rate will garner him points even without saves.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 2 weeks ago

Cecil tossed a scoreless eighth inning Sunday to earn a hold while Miguel Castro worked the ninth to record the save.

A shoulder injury slowed Cecil this spring, and his velocity has been down through three appearances since the start of the regular season. It's encouraging, however, that he averaged 91.4 mph on his four-seamer Sunday after sitting at 87.9 mph with the offering in his first appearance of the season Wednesday. For now, Castro appears to be the preferred option to close games, but it's unclear if Cecil will get a look in the near future if he can recoup the rest of his lost velocity, as he's still roughly 2.5 mph below his average from last season.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 2 weeks ago

Cecil will likely work the seventh or eight inning if he pitches in Thursday's game against the Yankees, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

Following Wednesday's blown save, the Blue Jays feel that Cecil isn't quite where he needs to be, after the lefty dealt with shoulder soreness in March. This may just be a short-term change, but Miguel Castro is expected to handle the ninth inning Thursday night, if a save situation arises. While Cecil is still worth holding on to in pretty much any format, this is a rather troubling development for his owners.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 2 weeks ago

Cecil blew his first save opportunity of the year in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

After being named the closer in late-March, fans were anxious to see how last year's setup man would perform in a high leverage situation. He was given that after being handed the ball with the bases loaded and no outs and mishandled it badly. He threw a wild pitch to the first batter, gave up an intentional walk, hit a batter and gave up a single, which ended his night. He didn't end up giving up any earned runs and wasn't saddled with the loss, but this is hardly a vote of confidence for the newly minted closer. With Roberto Osuna coming in to clean up the mess, he's a name to watch who could pilfer saves down the line.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 4 weeks ago

Cecil, who was scheduled to make his second consecutive appearance Monday, did not travel with the team, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Kennedy followed up by reporting that John Gibbons didn't think it was necessary for Cecil to make back-to-back appearances before the season started. Cecil could make an appearance over the next two games, so there is no indication that anything will change with his role as the closer.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 1 month ago

Cecil (shoulder) pitched in a minor league game Tuesday, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.

His curveball was crisp and he should get into a major league game some day soon. After being named the team's closer on Monday, Cecil has been one of the top waiver wire adds for leagues that have already drafted, and he should now be taken in all roto leagues that have yet to draft. As a lefty, Cecil may not be a traditional closer, but his numbers match what we like to see from ninth-inning hurlers, as he had 76 strikeouts in 53.1 innings (32.5 percent K-rate) in 2014.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 1 month ago

Cecil (shoulder) was announced as the team's closer heading into the season on Sunday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Cecil has been the front-runner for the job ever since Marcus Stroman tore his ACL, which in turn forced Aaron Sanchez to fill a spot in the rotation. Cecil put up good numbers the last two seasons as a full-time reliever, posting a 2.76 ERA across 114 innings while striking out 146 batters. HIs high strikeout totals and good peripherals make him a good closing option for fantasy owners in all leagues.

Brett Cecil RP TOR 1 month ago

Cecil (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

While Cecil isn't yet ready to rejoin the club at this point, he appears to be progressing. He will likely face some live batting before returning to the bullpen, and could still be on schedule for the beginning of the season. With Aaron Sanchez expected to open the year in the starting rotation, Cecil is the favorite to begin as the closer. However, he'll need to prove his shoulder is healthy to secure the role.