Brett Cecil pumped to have made Blue Jays bullpen

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil works out at the team's MLB baseball spring training facility...

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil works out at the team's MLB baseball spring training facility in Dunedin Florida February 12, 2013. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - Brett Cecil showed more relief than elation.

Early Wednesday morning before the team bus rolled on to Port Charlotte to face the Tampa Bay Rays, Cecil was told that he had made the team as a member of the eight-man bullpen that the Jays will go with until Brett Lawrie recovers from his rib injury.

Cecil didn’t want to miss the ride that he believes the Jays will take this season.

“They said I was on the team,” Cecil said in decidedly low-key fashion. “I was sitting here in the chair and Pete (Walker, the Jays pitching coach) called me and to be honest my heart sank. They could release me for certain reasons and I know there’s some good reasons.

“I guess it’s (the good news) the result of how I was pitching and as far as how I thought, I’ve never felt this good in this stretch of games that I’ve thrown. There’s always a game or two in between where you don’t feel like you have your good stuff. But it really hasn’t been the case for me this spring.


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