Cecil (hamstring) is much more likely to avoid being designated for assignment if rosters are expanded significantly for the 2020 season as currently planned, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

Saxon notes Cecil could well have been off the roster had spring training unfolded normally and the regular season had begun on time. Instead, the extended suspension of play has given the veteran a chance to heal the hamstring injury that cropped up March 11, and the expanded rosters that now appear to be a certainty if an abbreviated 2020 season is played likely affords the team enough room to keep him on board. The 33-year-old southpaw put together a reasonably solid body of work over five Grapefruit League appearances, posting a 4.15 ERA across 4.1 innings after missing all of 2019 with a wrist injury.

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