Brett Cecil getting more comfortable in Blue Jays bullpen

Pitchers Brett Cecil (right) and R.A. Dickey field balls at spring training in Dunedin yesterday....

Pitchers Brett Cecil (right) and R.A. Dickey field balls at spring training in Dunedin yesterday. (Eddie Michels/photo)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

A year ago right now, Brett Cecil couldn’t have begun to imagine what the year would hold for him.

Scrambling just to win a job on the 25-man Blue Jay roster, Cecil couldn’t have foreseen that he would become a go-to guy in his first year as a major-league reliever. Nor could he have foreseen being selected to the American League all-star team. Or setting a major-league record by retiring 44 consecutive batters in one 25-day period in late May, early June.

No, at this time last year, he was in survival mode.

“It was a big decision whether he was even going to make the team,” said manager John Gibbons. “He’s found a role and he’s very good at it.”

Once he was selected to go north with the team, Cecil had a remarkable run. In his first 33 appearances, he gave up only six runs and those runs all came within just three games.

 


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