Cecil slated for bullpen duty upon return

Cecil slated for bullpen duty upon return

TORONTO -- Manager John Farrell doesn't expect to get any September callups from the Las Vegas 51s, Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, until Tuesday.

The 51s' season ends on Sept. 3, and the plan is to let the players finish their season with Vegas before joining the Blue Jays for the final month of the season. One of those players will be left-hander Brett Cecil.

But he will be pitching in a different capacity than he was before.

Cecil, who made nine starts with Toronto and has been in Vegas' rotation, will pitch out of the bullpen upon his return.

He could potentially turn into a lefty specialist.

"His splits have always been good. We will never rule out him being able to start again, but right now some other guys have gone ahead of him from the starting rotation standpoint," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.

"We might find something there out of the 'pen... He's still been able to get swings and misses and get some strikeouts against left-handers. That's something we will definitely keep an eye on the next month."

Over his four-year career, Cecil has held lefties to a .230 batting average and .654 OPS, compared to a .289 average and .848 OPS versus right-handers.

Cecil was a reliever and closer at the University of Maryland before playing professional baseball. Farrell thinks that will help his transition to the bullpen.

The 26-year-old is out of Minor League options after this season, so his future with the Blue Jays could be in doubt.