Ceciliani will start at right field for the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. With Ezequiel Carrera out of the lineup, this will be Ceciliani's first major-league game of the season. His .225/.279/.292 slash line with Triple-A Buffalo this year isn't turning any heads, so the 26-year-old outfielder could have a rough time at the plate in the majors.
Ceciliani was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports. With Jose Bautista (toe) getting placed on the 15-day DL, Ezequiel Carrera will serve as the everyday right fielder while Ceciliani will be the team's fourth outfielder. Ceciliani was hitting .225 with zero homers and seven steals at Triple-A, as he specializes in stellar outfield defense and offers little offensively.
Ceciliani returned to the starting lineup Thursday and went 1-for-4 with a run and two strikeouts. Ceciliani seemed to be close to a return, but after pinch hitting in Wednesday's contest, he apparently felt good enough Thursday to slot back into the starting lineup. He'll likely see a good amount of playing time with the Triple-A club, although the major league outfield is pretty well set, so his ceiling is likely limited to minor league at-bats.
Ceciliani (shoulder) is progressing quickly and should be back in the lineup for Triple-A Buffalo soon, Sportsnet reports. Ceciliani, who nearly made the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster out of spring training, is playing in extended spring training games and is nearing a return to Triple-A Buffalo. The outfielder suffered an injury to his left shoulder and clavicle. Blue Jays director of player development Gil Kim said, "He's looking good and he should be ready to go pretty quickly." The big league club is in no immediate need of outfield help, so Ceciliani should remain in the minors for the foreseeable future.
The Blue Jays informed Ceciliani on Wednesday that he will begin the season in the minors, the Toronto Star reports. Ceciliani made an impressive push for a job this spring by going 15-for-36 (.417) with four home runs and 10 RBI, but because he could be optioned to the minors and Ezequiel Carrera could not, the Blue Jays decided that Carrera would open the season as the team's fourth outfielder. While Ceciliani's season figures to start with Triple-A Buffalo, his strong spring likely makes him the top option when the Blue Jays need to call up an outfielder from the minors.
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