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27 Brett Cecil RP

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May 12, 2020 09:00 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Expanded rosters could save job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 30, 2020 02:56 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Nearing return to mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (hamstring) is expected to resume throwing off a mound in the next week or two, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Since suffering a severe hamstring strain March 11, Cecil's focus thus far has mainly been in strengthening his lower body rather than incorporating any baseball activities into his workouts. He'll take a notable step forward when he eventually steps back on the mound again, though he'll probably need at least another week or two after that to get his arm conditioned for game action.

April 3, 2020 12:28 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Getting back to rehab soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (hamstring) will return to rehabilitation activities next week according to president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, Anne Rogers of reports.

Due to personal reasons, Cecil had recently taken some time off from his rehab for the right hamstring strain he suffered in a March 11 exhibition against the Mets, just before spring training was suspended. Mozeliak reports the veteran reliever is feeling better now that he's over three weeks removed from the incident. Given the indefinite delay on MLB returning to action in any form, he's likely to have plenty of recovery time at his disposal. Cecil made five appearances during Grapefruit League play, generating a 4.15 ERA across 4.1 innings.

March 11, 2020 03:32 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Suffers hamstring injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil left Wednesday's game against the Mets with a right hamstring injury.

The veteran lefty missed all of last season with a wrist injury and is potentially at risk of missing time again at the start of his season. The exact nature and severity of his injury are not yet clear, however.

February 23, 2020 10:00 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Solid in return to mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil fired a scoreless sixth inning during which he allowed no hits or walks, hit a batter and recorded a strikeout in a 2-0 Grapefruit League win over the Mets on Saturday.

The appearance was Cecil's first time back on a big-league mound since last spring, when he was shut down after a handful of Grapefruit League outings with what eventually was diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome that required surgery. Cecil promptly plunked Brandon Nimmo to begin his stint on the mound, but he overcame the early nerves to strike out Jake Magnum and retire David Thompson and Blake Tiberi on soft outs. Anne Rogers of reports Cecil was able to deploy his fastball, curveball and slider during the 11-pitch outing, with manager Mike Shildt commenting after the game that Cecil's stuff appeared sharper than it had been in quite some time.

February 21, 2020 12:32 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: To see time Saturday
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Cecil is slated to get his first taste of Grapefruit League action in Saturday's game against a Mets split squad, Christina De Nicola of reports.

The veteran reliever will enter the game at some point behind starter Jack Flaherty, and the outing will be particularly meaningful for Cecil after he missed all of last season with a wrist injury. Cecil has made a good impression in his early bullpen sessions during camp, and if healthy and effective, he could be a key sixth- and seventh-inning asset for manager Mike Shildt this coming season.

February 17, 2020 10:16 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Impressing in early bullpens
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Cecil, who missed all of last season with a wrist injury, has impressed in early bullpen sessions, Anne Rogers of reports. "He's competing, he's in a good spot mentally, physically," manager Mike Shildt said. "Feels good, covering well. Everything's been favorable."

The veteran southpaw, who's entering the final year of a four-year contract, has plenty to prove after not only missing the entirety of 2019, but often pitching ineffectively the season prior. Cecil generated a career-high 6.89 ERA and 1.96 WHIP over 40 appearances back in 2018, but early reports point to a rejuvenated player. Pitching instructor Chris Carpenter, who stood in during Cecil's bullpen session Saturday, came away impressed with the movement the reliever put on the ball and the sharpness of his breaking pitch in particular. Given his experience, handedness and past major-league track record, Cecil would appear to have a strong chance of securing a bullpen spot with a strong spring.

February 12, 2020 01:24 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Enters camp without limitations
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (wrist) is opening spring training on a standard program and isn't expected to face any restrictions during Grapefruit League action, Anne Rogers of reports.

Per Rogers, Cecil was one of several Cardinals pitchers who completed a bullpen session on the first day of camp Tuesday, so he looks like he won't be limited this spring as he aims to secure an Opening Day bullpen job. Cecil didn't make any appearances in the majors or minors last season while he recovered from surgery to address carpal tunnel symptoms in his left wrist.

November 1, 2019 05:56 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Moved to 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (wrist) was placed on the Cardinals' 40-man roster Friday.

Cecil ended the year on the 60-day injured list due to a wrist injury, but now that the season has concluded, the club has moved him back to the 40-man roster.

August 21, 2019 08:28 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Still limited to live BP sessions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (wrist) is still facing hitters in live batting practice sessions but remains without any type of timetable for return, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

Manager Mike Shildt acknowledged Tuesday that there's no indication Cecil is "on his way back to our [the big-league] level" this season, making it a bleak overall outlook for the veteran. Cecil has yet to pitch this season, and this latest report indicates he's increasingly likely to remain on the shelf for the entire campaign.

July 23, 2019 03:16 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Resumes facing hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (wrist) recently resumed facing hitters in live batting practice at the Cardinals' spring-training facility in Florida, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

While the activity amounts to a step forward for Cecil as he works back from April surgery to address a carpal tunnel-related issue, Goold notes that the southpaw will likely need several more weeks before being ready to pitch in games. Realistically, the Cardinals would most likely wait until rosters expand in September before reinstating Cecil from the 60-day IL, but even that's not a given. President of baseball operations John Mozeliak recently suggested the organization wouldn't mind if Cecil oriented his rehab toward getting ready for the 2020 campaign, when he'll be entering the final season of his four-year, $30.5 million contract.

June 13, 2019 01:20 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Nearing mound work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (wrist) said Wednesday that he expects to begin throwing 15-pitch, low-intensity bullpen sessions next week, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Cecil appears ready to move on to the next phase of his recovery from surgery to address carpal tunnel syndrome after throwing off flat ground from 90 to 120 feet over the past couple weeks without any discomfort. The lefty said he's regained full feeling in his fingers after developing the condition midway through spring training, resulting in him opening the campaign on the 60-day injured list. The 32-year-old said he's hopeful that he'll be ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment by mid-July before moving up to the big club by the end of that month.

May 18, 2019 01:52 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Starting throwing program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (wrist) will begin a throwing program Monday, Dave Sessions of reports.

It's been a long road for Cecil to even get to this point, as he underwent a carpal tunnel-related surgery back in early April. The veteran reliever will now begin the process of building his arm strength back up and isn't expect to be back until early July at the earliest.

May 13, 2019 02:44 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Getting key medical checkup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (wrist) has returned to St. Louis to meet with the doctor who performed his wrist surgery earlier this spring and could be cleared to resume throwing as soon as this week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The veteran has been recovering from the early April procedure. Whenever he's able to gain medical clearance, Cecil will return to the team's spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida to begin a four-week throwing program to build up his arm strength. Assuming no setbacks in the process, Cecil is expected to be ready for activation around the All-Star break.

April 6, 2019 02:48 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Recovering from surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil underwent surgery on his left wrist earlier this week to address carpal tunnel symptoms in his wrist and forearm, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Cecil exclusively worked on his mechanics in spring training before being placed on the injured list due to a lack of feeling in two of his fingers, while also dealing with general arm fatigue. The 32-year-old is on the 60-day injured list and should be considered out indefinitely.

March 29, 2019 12:40 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Transferred to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (hand) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

He is dealing with erratic mechanics and a lack of feeling in two of his fingers, in addition to general arm fatigue. That's quite a laundry list of issues, so Cecil should be considered out indefinitely.

March 25, 2019 05:20 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Heads to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (arm) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.

As expected, Cecil will open the season on the shelf as he contends with a myriad of issues, including left carpal tunnel syndrome, arm fatigue and erratic mechanics. It's unclear how long the southpaw's stay on the IL will last at this point.

March 19, 2019 12:08 PM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: To open on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil (arm) is expected to open the season on the injured list, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cecil will be sidelined while he contends with erratic mechanics, a lack of feeling in two fingers and general arm fatigue. He pitched a pair of innings early in camp but has since stayed away from game action while working to correct his mechanics. Cecil will presumably stick around at extended spring training to continue working through his throwing program when the Cardinals head north.

March 16, 2019 01:44 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Remaining out of game action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil is slated to exclusively continue working on his mechanics and is not currently scheduled for any Grapefruit League action, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

The news was confirmed by manager Mike Shildt, who labeled the veteran reliever "a work in progress." Cecil struggled with his control in an intrasquad game Thursday, as he continues to adjust mechanically to the significant weight loss he intentionally underwent this offseason. Langosch reports that Cecil's roster spot could be in jeopardy, especially with the promising Alex Reyes making a strong push for a bullpen role. For his part, Shildt wouldn't offer much of an endorsement with respect to job security. "He's an option," Shildt said. "But right now he's getting his work on the backfields, and we are mindful of the fact that the season is getting closer."

March 15, 2019 12:56 AM
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Struggles in intrasquad game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cecil had trouble with his control in Thursday's intrasquad game, Glenn Sattell of reports.

The veteran southpaw worked only one inning, but issues with location still led to him getting plenty of work in. Cecil allowed a run without giving up a hit, a relatively improbable feat he accomplished by issuing a walk, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. Cecil will continue working on his mechanics during what remains of spring while simultaneously trying to add back some of the 40-plus pounds he dropped this offseason.

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vs LHB 14.100 6.91079
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Annapolis, MD
St. Louis Cardinals
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