Brett Cecil RP TOR 3 Days
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 5 Days
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 9 Days
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.
Brett Cecil RP TOR 13 Days
Cecil (shoulder) threw 10 pitches off a mound Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
While he still doesn't appear to be ready to make his Grapefruit League debut, it's an encouraging sign for Cecil that he's returned to the mound. He reported feeling great after the session and will throw a full bullpen Sunday, possibly the last hurdle before appearing in game action.
Brett Cecil RP TOR 16 Days
Cecil (shoulder) threw off flat ground in a brief session Wednesday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1 reports.
Cecil only tossed five or six pitches and wasn't throwing at full effort, so it would seem he still has a few more barriers to cross before he's cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut.
Brett Cecil RP TOR 18 Days
Cecil (shoulder) will resume throwing Tuesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Cecil was held out of a scheduled appearance with shoulder soreness, though manager John Gibbons indicated he didn't think it was a serious ailment. If all goes well after Tuesday's throwing session, the 28-year-old should be ready to make his Grapefruit League debut sometime within the week. When he does return, Cecil will have the opportunity to earn the closer's role.
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Cecil (shoulder) is not expected to pitch in a spring game for at least a week, the National Post reports.
An MRI revealed inflammation in one of the rotator cuff muscles in Cecil's left shoulder, which he suggested was the result of throwing too hard too soon after recovering from the flu. He is on anti-inflammatory medication and the pain is said to be dissipating already, but according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, manager John Gibbons suggested the missed time for Cecil could affect Aaron Sanchez's situation.
Brett Cecil RP TOR 21 Days
Cecil did not throw his scheduled inning in Friday's spring game due to minor soreness in his shoulder, Sportset's Shi Davidi reports.
Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays "don't think (Cecil's injury) is a big deal," but it's worth keeping an eye on his status given that he is dealing with an arm injury. Expect the Blue Jays to update his status at some point in the next few days.
Brett Cecil RP TOR 24 Days
Cecil has the makeup to close, but may not be the team's closer according to manager John Gibbons, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Cecil was excellent as a setup man last season, appearing in 66 games while recording 24 holds and five saves. He has electric stuff, recording 76 strikeouts in 53.1 innings while posting a 2.70 ERA. If Cecil wins the job out of camp, the lefty will be a worthwhile draft pick, but even if he doesn't end up as the ninth inning man, Cecil has value due to his high strikeout rate.
Brett Cecil RP TOR 1 Month
Cecil was sent home Monday as he is dealing with a stomach bug, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.
This does not sound like anything major, and he should be back on the mound in the near future. The Jays announced Monday that a decision about Aaron Sanchez's role would be made by mid-March, and since Cecil's value is so closely hinged to Sanchez, this will also be a big announcement for Cecil's owners. If Sanchez is declared a reliever for the start of 2015, he will likely be the closer, meaning Cecil's value will take a hit, but if Sanchez is named a starter, Cecil would appear to have the inside track at closing games for Toronto.