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Brett Cecil | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/2/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
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Brett Cecil retired the side in order in the ninth inning, picking up his second save of the season in Monday's 3-1 win versus the Yankees.
Cecil got Alex Rodriguez to line out to left field, Chris Young to strike out, and Gregorio Petit to ground out in a 10-pitch ninth inning. The lefty has converted both save opportunities presented since moving back into the closer's role and now has a 4.50 ERA with an 8/2 K/BB ratio in eight innings. May 4 - 9:45 PM

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Brett Cecil worked a scoreless ninth inning for the save as the Blue Jays won 11-8 over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

With the way this game had gone, even a three-run lead in the ninth didn't feel safe. Cecil was able to get two quick outs, then allowed a single to Ryan Hanigan. The lefty retired Mookie Betts on a ground out to end the contest. Cecil was recently reinstated as the Blue Jays' closer after Miguel Castro struggled, so he should see an increased amount of save chances going forward. So far this season, Cecil has blown his only save chance and owns a 6.00 ERA with a 7/2 K/BB ratio in six innings.
Apr 28 - 10:47 PM

Brett Cecil is back as the Blue Jays' closer.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Monday's game that he would have used Cecil in a save opportunity, so this doesn't come as a big surprise. Miguel Castro has really struggled of late and will now pitch in more lower-leverage situations. Roberto Osuna and Aaron Loup will help set up. Cecil was pulled from the closer role earlier this month and his velocity is still below what we've come to expect, but he needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues as long as the opportunity is there.
Apr 28 - 3:51 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons revealed after Monday's loss to the Red Sox that he would have used Brett Cecil as his closer had an opportunity arisen.

Miguel Castro has struggled lately, as he's been scored upon in four out of his last five appearances and blown two save chances over that stretch. The 20-year-old took the loss on Monday, retiring just one of the four batters he faced. Cecil has been worse this season with a 7.20 ERA, but it appears that, at the very least, the two might be in a committee at closer at this point. "Ideally, we'll get some defined roles," Gibbons said. "Right now it's really just kind of a crap shoot but we need to settle in and run with it and live with the results, is really the way we need to start approaching it." Needless to say, it's a less than ideal situation for fantasy owners.
Apr 27 - 10:10 PM

Used in the eighth, Brett Cecil worked a hitless inning against the Yankees on Thursday, striking out two.

Bizarrely, John Gibbons yanked Cecil from the closer's role before the game, then put him in with a lead in the eighth, even though the Yankees had all their righties due up (and the lefties set to bat in the ninth). It all worked out, but it makes one wonder why Gibbons keeps backing himself into corners like this; if Cecil was going to be available tonight, it would have made far more sense to use him against the lefties. Anyway, Cecil did look better tonight, hitting 90 mph on the gun consistently. After a couple of more outings like this, Gibbons might decide to put him back in the closer's role, before most likely changing his mind again 10 minutes later.
Apr 9 - 10:17 PM

Brett Cecil has been pulled from the closer role with the Blue Jays.

Well, that was fast. The indication is that it might be a temporary move, as the Blue Jays want to get him back into form after he missed most of spring training with a sore shoulder. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn't plan to go with a set closer at the moment, but 20-year-old Miguel Castro is an obvious candidate to run away with the job. He's the pitcher to pick up in this bullpen in fantasy leagues.
Apr 9 - 4:43 PM

Brett Cecil was able to get just one out after being brought in with the bases loaded and none out in the eighth Wednesday against the Yankees.

The Jays were up 3-1 when Cecil entered, but he quickly threw a wild pitch to make it 3-2. After striking out Carlos Beltran, he intentionally walked Mark Teixeira, hit Brian McCann and gave up a single to Chase Headley. At that point, it seemed like the Jays decided to save him for Thursday. He's still going to be the team's closer.
Apr 8 - 10:40 PM

Brett Cecil made his spring debut with a perfect inning Thursday against the Phillies.

Cecil was already named Toronto's closer despite missing all month with a sore shoulder. The Jays never seemed all that concerned about the shoulder, but it does make him an even riskier fantasy pick than he'd already be as an unestablished closer on a team that has always been quick to make changes.
Mar 26 - 5:29 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday that Brett Cecil will be the team's closer to start the year.

It was the expected choice, but the confirmation gives fantasy owners some appreciated clarity. The decision also affects Aaron Sanchez, who will now certainly move forward as a starter. Cecil, a lefty, had a 2.70 ERA and 76/27 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings for the Jays last season.
Mar 22 - 9:43 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch the first inning of a minor league game on Saturday.

If all goes well, he will repeat the process on Tuesday before hopefully returning to Grapefruit League action. The veteran left-hander is slated to open the season as the Blue Jays closer, making him relevant in all mixed leagues.
Mar 21 - 10:37 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Cecil has been slowed this month with inflammation in his left rotator cuff, but he's making some solid progress. He still has a chance to begin the year as Toronto's closer, but he can't have any setbacks moving forward.
Mar 18 - 11:25 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a brief 10-pitch session off a mound on Saturday.

While it doesn't sound like much, it's a step in the right direction for Cecil who is holding out hope that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. He remains the favorite to begin the year as the Blue Jays closer.
Mar 14 - 9:24 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) said that his throwing session on Tuesday went well.

Cecil is suffering from minor inflammation of the rotator cuff. He threw off of flat ground on Tuesday. It's still unclear as to when he will take the mound again, but he's still the favorite to begin the season as the Jays' closer, especially now that Aaron Sanchez appears needed in the rotation.
Mar 11 - 8:50 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) threw off flat ground Tuesday.

Cecil has been shut down for the past few days with some minor inflammation in his rotator cuff. It's good news that he's throwing again, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to get back on the mound. Cecil is currently aiming to begin 2015 as the Blue Jays' closer. Young right-hander Aaron Sanchez is a potential alternative.
Mar 10 - 9:36 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) hopes to resume throwing Tuesday.

Cecil has been shut down for the past few days with some minor inflammation in his left rotator cuff. Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker told reporters Monday that the left-hander already feels improved. Cecil still seems like the leading candidate to open the 2015 season as Toronto's closer.
Mar 9 - 10:03 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Colabello
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Roberto Osuna
4Steve Delabar
5Liam Hendriks
6Ryan Tepera
7Todd Redmond
8Scott Copeland