Blue Jays manager John Gibbons recently pegged Brett Cecil as the favorite to begin the season as the closer, but Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports that the southpaw is going to be shut down for the next few days due to rotator inflammation.
Cecil was scratched from his scheduled appearance yesterday and an MRI showed the inflammation. As of now, he’s hoping to resume throwing on Tuesday and get into a game by the end of next week. However, it will all depend on how he feels in the coming days.
Cecil’s situation could have a big impact on what the Blue Jays decide to do with young right-hander Aaron Sanchez. The 22-year-old made his major league debut last year and posted a 1.09 ERA and 27/9 K/BB ratio in 33 innings out of Toronto’s bullpen, but he’s being stretched out as a starter this spring.
Cecil, 28, compiled a 2.70 ERA and 76/27 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings over 66 appearances last season.