Cecil not worrying about results ... yet

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:17 PM ET

DUNEDIN - Brett Cecil wasnt doing cartwheels over his first start of spring but hes aware of where he is and where he wants to be in a month.

It was all right, though I felt like every pitch was on the opposite part of the plate to what I wanted it to be, he said after tossing two indifferent innings, allowing three hits and a run to the Tigers in Detroits 4-0 win.

I got a couple of balls up and my changeup was flat. Straight in there. But its just the first time out, so overall its okay.

There is a natural enough progression that has to be made as pitchers go from throwing just to a catcher to having batters giving him instant negative feedback.

First couple of starts, its just about getting back into a pitching rhythm, he said. Theres only so much you can do in bullpens. Once you get out there and face live hitters two or three times, things start to click a little better.

After that, things should pick up and get better as far as pitch location is concerned. I need to get the ball on the right sides of the plate.


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