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.
Cecil (wrist) will begin a throwing program Monday, Dave Sessions of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cecil (arm) is expected to open the season on the injured list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com 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.
Cecil is slated to exclusively continue working on his mechanics and is not currently scheduled for any Grapefruit League action, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com 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."
Cecil had trouble with his control in Thursday's intrasquad game, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com 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.
Cecil will pitch in an intrasquad game Thursday morning on the back fields of the team's spring training complex, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Cecil was originally slated to appear in Wednesday's Grapefruit League tilt against the Marlins, but he'll work in Thursday's intrasquad game instead. The veteran southpaw continues to work on both his mechanics and weight gain in anticipation of the regular season. If he irons out the issues that led to a career-worst 6.89 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in 2018, Cecil should prove a valuable asset against left-handed hitters in the late innings for manager Mike Shildt.
Cecil, who fired a scoreless inning in his return to the mound during a 9-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Mets on Sunday, is working with a nutritionist in an attempt to regain some of the weight he dropped this offseason, Clark Spencer of MLB.com reports. "I knew the weight was going to be down," Cecil said. "But the problem is it kept coming off when I got into spring. Obviously, it's hot and you run around a lot outside [in Spring Training]."
The veteran southpaw lost a total of 42 pounds this offseason in an attempt to improve his overall performance after a forgettable 2018. However, Cecil was dissatisfied with his mechanics after his first spring outing Feb. 27 and took nearly two weeks off from game action in an attempt to make corrections. Cecil now attributes some of those issues to how light he currently is, so he's seeking to gain 5-10 pounds back with the help of a nutritionist in an attempt to achieve a happy medium.
Cecil had a successful bullpen session Friday in his ongoing quest to refine his mechanics before a return to game action, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com reports. "It went well," manager Mike Shildt said of Friday's workout. "He's slated to get into competition in the next day or two. He's in a great spot across the board. We look forward to getting him out there."
Cecil took a voluntary sabbatical from game action Feb. 27 after noting some flaws with his delivery during his first outing of spring. The veteran southpaw has been working on making tweaks during side sessions since that point, and Shildt's comments lend credence to the notion Cecil is on the verge of a return. After a down 2018 season, Cecil came into camp considerably lighter and is expected to be counted on as a steady set-up option in the coming campaign.
Cecil, who's taking several days off from game action to work on mechanics, threw a side session Sunday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Cecil noted some hitches in his delivery after watching video of his most recent appearance and coordinated with manager Mike Shildt to have a few days off to work on correcting his mechanics. The veteran reliever's return to throwing Sunday presumably marks another step in that process, and it represented his first time working off a mound since last Wednesday. If Cecil's work continues without setbacks, he'll likely return to game action during the coming week.
Cecil will be kept out of game action until late next week while he works on correcting his mechanics, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "He feels good. Everything looks good," manager Mike Shildt said. "We just want a little more time to work on a few things, to sync up some things mechanically that we noticed."
The veteran reliever made his spring debut last Wednesday, allowing a hit over a scoreless inning. Cecil reported feeling arm discomfort after the outing, which he attributed to poor mechanics. After reviewing video of his appearance, Cecil feels that he was both leaving the mound too early in his throwing motion and utilizing improper arm positioning when coming set. Cecil underwent a radical physical transformation this offseason in an attempt to bounce back from last season's 6.89 ERA and 1.96 WHIP, dropping 40 pounds through diet and exercise. He'll look to serve as a much more dependable late-inning asset in 2019 behind the expected closer duo of Jordan Hicks and Andrew Miller.
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Saturday that Cecil has committed to a training program this offseason that has resulted in significant weight loss and strength gains, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Cecil's supposed body transformation doesn't guarantee that he'll emerge as a useful relief asset for St. Louis, but it's at least encouraging that the lefty is switching up his winter training program after he underwhelmed in his first two seasons with the Cardinals. The 32-year-old's sizable contract bodes well for his chances of making the Opening Day roster if healthy, but he'll have to show improved results before inching his way up the bullpen pecking order.
Cecil (foot) was activated from the 10-day DL on Wednesday.
As expected, Cecil will rejoin the big-league bullpen after appearing in back-to-back rehab outings earlier in the week. Across 27 appearances with the Cardinals this year, Cecil has posted a 5.70 ERA and 1.99 WHIP with a poor 14:18 K:BB in 23.2 innings. He should be available immediately for Wednesday's game against Washington. Tyler Webb was sent down in a corresponding move.
Cecil (foot) is slated to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Proving that it's never too late into your major-league career to seek out advice, Cecil recently consulted with former Cardinal Chris Carpenter, who's now the special assistant to president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, regarding some of the struggles he's encountered this season. The southpaw received some tutelage from Carpenter -- who won 144 games over 15 seasons -- about slowing the game down and putting bad pitches behind him quickly. Cecil has unfortunately had plenty of the latter in 2018, as evidenced by a 5.70 ERA and 1.99 WHIP across 23.2 innings. He'll slot back into a middle-inning bullpen role upon his return.
Cecil (foot) fired a scoreless seventh inning in which he allowed a walk and recorded a strikeout in Triple-A Memphis' win over Oklahoma City on Sunday. He'll return to St. Louis on Monday to be evaluated by the team's medical staff, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
The successful Sunday appearance marks Cecil's third rehab outing overall, and he's yet to allow a run while surrendering just one hit. Considering the success he's encountered with the Redbirds, Cecil appears to have a solid chance of being deemed ready for activation.
Cecil (foot) fired a scoreless inning in Triple-A Memphis' win over Oklahoma City on Thursday, allowing one hit.
Cecil worked around a single and was efficient overall, getting nine of an economical 12 pitches into the strike zone. The veteran southpaw has looked sharp in his first pair of minor-league outings, getting six outs on 23 pitches overall. It remains to be seen if the Cardinals will deem it necessary for him to take the mound for the Redbirds once more, or whether he'll be a candidate for activation following his second straight strong performance.
Cecil (foot) fired a perfect seventh inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Memphis on Monday.
Cecil needed a scant 11 pitches to get his three outs, and nine of those offerings found the strike zone. It was as encouraging an initial rehab appearance as the team could have hoped for, especially given Cecil's struggles this season at the big-league level even when he's been at full health. He'll likely make at least one more appearance with the Redbirds before being considered for activation.
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