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Brett Cecil | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/2/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Maryland
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / TOR
Contract: view contract details
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Brett Cecil (shoulder) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session Friday.
He'll throw another Sunday and if that goes well he'll be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. Cecil has been limited to just one appearance this season due to left shoulder inflammation but it's looking like he's not far off from a return. Apr 20 - 5:46 PM

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Brett Cecil (shoulder) is still "a couple weeks away" from a return, Cardinals general manager Mike Girsch said Monday.

Cecil has inflammation in his pitching shoulder and is also nursing a minor ankle injury. The Cardinals are down to one lefty (Tyler Lyons) in their bullpen with Ryan Sherriff (toe) also out.
Apr 9 - 5:25 PM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) has been throwing weighted balls.

Cecil dealt with a "dead arm" during spring training and was placed on the disabled list following an Opening Day appearance. An MRI on his left shoulder came back clean, but it's unclear when he might be ready for mound work and a rehab assignment. He's also dealing with a minor ankle injury.
Apr 8 - 9:24 AM

Brett Cecil is set to undergo an MRI on his ailing left shoulder.

He'll also seek a second opinion as the Cardinals try to figure out exactly what's going on there. It sounds like he'll be looking at longer than a minimum 10-day stint on the disabled list.
Mar 31 - 11:41 AM

Cardinals placed LHP Brett Cecil on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

The 31-year-old hasn't appeared in a game yet this season, so the injury must have occurred during spring training. It's unclear at the moment just how long he'll be sidelined.
Mar 31 - 9:57 AM

Brett Cecil was charged with his sixth blown save after giving up a homer to Lucas Duda in the eighth inning Thursday against the Mets.

Cecil wasn't asked close today, but instead to pass along a one-run lead to Trevor Rosenthal. Since his bad outing took place in the eighth, not the ninth, and didn't include an obvious brainfart like Rosenthal's, this might give Cecil the edge for the next save chance.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 03:31:00 PM

Brett Cecil earned his first save of the season Monday night against the Mets.

Kevin Siegrist actually started the ninth inning for the Cardinals, but he was lifted after issuing a leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson. Cecil then gave up a two-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera to bring up Yoenis Cespedes as the tying run, but Cespedes promptly grounded into a game-ending double play. It looks like Cecil is the guy to own right now in the St. Louis bullpen, though he did just blow a save Sunday in Pittsburgh. Trevor Rosenthal is also in the mix for saves, with Seung Hwan Oh working in a lower-leverage role for the time being.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 10:55:00 PM

Brett Cecil surrendered two earned runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday as the Cardinals fell to the Pirates.

It was the first true ninth-inning save opportunity of the season for Cecil and he couldn't get the job done. Francisco Cervelli hit a leadoff single, Jordy Mercer smacked a game-tying RBI double, and then with two outs Adam Frazier drove a walkoff RBI single into right-center field. Trevor Rosenthal will probably get the next save chance for St. Louis.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 05:41:00 PM

Brett Cecil could see some save opportunities for the Cardinals.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that manager Mike Matheny has eyed Cecil "as the team’s likely closer for the day" a few times in recent weeks and "that could be happening more often in the near future." The left-hander hasn't seen any save chances yet, but he's unscored upon over his last 15 appearances and has been scored upon only once over his last 23 games. Cecil and Trevor Rosenthal look like the best bets for saves at the moment for St. Louis, with the struggling Seung Hwan Oh moving into a lesser role.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 09:24:00 AM

Brett Cecil gave up four runs without retiring a batter and took a loss Thursday in relief against the Cubs.

Cecil's outing started with what might go down as the most bizarre sight of the season; his strike three to Matt Szczur bounced up and stuck to Yadier Molina's chest protector. Molina couldn't find the ball, and Szczur reached first on what was termed a wild pitch. A walk, a homer, another walk and a single followed. One imagines things might have gone a lot differently had Cecil's initially strikeout turned into an out, but who knows for sure?
Thu, Apr 6, 2017 05:32:00 PM

Brett Cecil failed to retire a batter and was charged with six runs Sunday against the Mets.

The spring ERA isn't bouncing back from that. He allowed more runs today than he had in 17 2/3 innings over the course of the last four springs. Cecil is expected to be the Cardinals' primary setup man after signing a four-year, $30.5 million deal in November.
Sun, Mar 5, 2017 05:24:00 PM

Cardinals signed LHP Brett Cecil to a four-year, $30.5 million contract.

The Cardinals introduced Cecil at a press conference on Monday. The veteran southpaw fills a major void in the club's bullpen, as a left-hander that can be trusted in high-leverage situations late in the game. He'll help get the ball to Seung-Hwan Oh in the ninth inning.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Brett Cecil's four-year deal with the Cardinals will include a full no-trade clause.

The deal is still pending a physical. Cecil has been one of the most reliable late-inning relievers in all of baseball the last four seasons, registering a 2.90 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 11.5 K/9 in 205 innings.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a four-year contract with Brett Cecil.

The deal, which is pending a physical, could exceed $30 million. He's expected to work as the primary left-handed setup option in front of closer Seung-Hwan Oh. The 30-year-old southpaw registered a 3.93 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays in 2016.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Sportsnet's Jamie Campbell is hearing the Blue Jays have offered Brett Cecil a three-year contract.

Cecil posted a relatively underwhelming 3.93 ERA in 54 appearances this year while battling lat and triceps injuries, but he's a pretty good bounceback candidate for 2017 and the Jays clearly recognize that. So will other teams. Cecil, 30, had a 2.67 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings between 2013-2015.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 10:32:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Francisco Pena
1B1Jose Martinez
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bud Norris
2Greg Holland
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Jordan Hicks
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10Ryan Sherriff