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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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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

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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

Brett Cecil (shoulder) could miss up to 10 days after an MRI revealed inflammation in his ailing left shoulder.

While the Blue Jays are hopeful that the issue is minor, manager John Gibbons has indicated that it could change the situation for Aaron Sanchez. Cecil and Sanchez were believed to be in competition for the team's closer role this spring, and this could be all the young right-hander needs to win the job outright.
Mar 7 - 9:18 AM

Brett Cecil will be sidelined for a few days while dealing with minor inflammation in his rotator cuff.

Cecil was scratched from Friday's outing due to the issue. He's hopeful that he'll be able to resume throwing on Tuesday and return to game action by the end of next week. While the Jays don't believe the injury is serious, it could impact his ability to compete for the team's closer role.
Mar 7 - 8:54 AM

Brett Cecil didn't pitch as scheduled on Friday due to left shoulder soreness.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated that he didn't think it was a major issue. "His shoulder is a little tender," the skipper said. "We don’t think it’s a big deal." Cecil is currently projected to close for the Jays, so we'll keep a close eye on his situation.
Mar 6 - 5:23 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wouldn't commit to using Brett Cecil as his closer, according to John Lott of the National Post.

Gibbons was ambivalent about having Cecil close, saying, "He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else." Aaron Sanchez is the other candidate to grab the role. Alternatively, Gibbons could play match-ups with both pitchers. Cecil, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2013, has a 2.76 ERA and a 146/50 K/BB ratio in 114 innings over the last two seasons.
Mar 3 - 12:04 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Kevin Pillar
CF1Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Miguel Castro
2Brett Cecil
3Aaron Loup
4Preston Guilmet
5Roberto Osuna
6Liam Hendriks
7Marco Estrada
8Jeff Francis