Cecil allowed an earned run on a hit and three walks over two innings in a loss to the Reds on Sunday. He also recorded a strikeout. Cecil's season has been on a downswing since late May, as he's generated a 9.53 ERA and allowed a .375 BAA and massive .486 wOBA over the 5.2 innings across his last five appearances. The veteran southpaw's control issues haven't done him any favors, as he's handed out seven free passes during that stretch after having only issued a pair of walks over his first seven outings of 2018.
Cecil (shoulder) fired a perfect 1.2 innings in which he recorded two strikeouts over two outings against the Padres on Saturday and Sunday. The pair of impressive appearances marked Cecil's first two trips to the mound since his activation from the disabled list Friday. The veteran southpaw had thrown only 10 pitches and retired one batter on Opening Day before feeling discomfort in his shoulder and exiting that outing, and he ultimately was out of action for well over a month. If Cecil can continue generating a similar caliber of effort to that of his two weekend appearances, the Cardinals bullpen will be that much more effective, especially considering fellow lefty Tyler Lyons just went on the disabled list with a back injury.
Cecil (shoulder) is back with the Cardinals after having spent the past few weeks in extended spring training in Jupiter and will soon begin a minor-league rehab assignment, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Cecil has been sidelined with a shoulder strain since the opening week of the season. He'll head to either Double-A Springfield or Triple-A Memphis for his rehab assignment, with that decision likely to be made in the coming days.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that Cecil (shoulder) will likely start a rehab assignment by the weekend, Fox Sports Midwest reports. Because Cecil covered limited innings in the Grapefruit League and then landed on the disabled list shortly after Opening Day with a shoulder strain, Mozeliak said that the Cardinals would "recreate" spring training for the left-hander to compensate for the extended time off. That could mean that Cecil will need nearly the entire 20-day rehab window before being activated from the DL, likely at some point in mid-to-late May. Once available, Cecil will offer the Cardinals a quality left-handed option out of the bullpen, but he's unlikely to be a consistent source of holds or deliver stellar ratios.
Cecil (shoulder) remains "out indefinitely" according to president of baseball operations John Mozeliak and will likely head to the club's spring complex in Florida in the near future, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Mozeliak added that Cecil will remain in Jupiter "for some time" in an attempt to build up his endurance. The veteran southpaw reported pain in his shoulder after recording just one out in his season debut March 29, and his stay in extended spring training will hopefully afford him the chance to work back up to speed at "a pace that benefits him," according to Mozeliak.