{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"content":["injury" ] }

Blue Jays' Cecil placed on DL after groin injury returns

|
Blue Jays' Cecil placed on DL after groin injury returns

NEW YORK -- Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil was placed on the disabled list after it became very apparent during Wednesday night's game against the Yankees that his groin injury has yet to completely heal.

Cecil was called upon to pitch during the seventh inning with one out and the bases loaded. He walked the first batter he faced before eventually serving up a bases-clearing triple to New York's Brian McCann.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons hinted after the game that something wasn't quite right with Cecil, but the reliever took things one step further when he revealed the club's upcoming plan.

"I'm going on the DL," Cecil said following the 7-3 loss. "I just checked with them to make sure we're all on the same page, and I will be going on the DL.

"It stinks, but I said I was ready to go today, everything felt good, but I also said I don't know how it's going to hold up under the adrenaline of coming out of the bullpen, especially in Yankee Stadium, bases loaded. If I can't deal with that, then I need to get it taken care of."

The Blue Jays made the move official on Thursday and recalled right-hander Steve Delabar to replace Cecil on the roster.

Cecil sustained the injury during Friday's game against the Orioles. He received a few days off and was then cleared to pitch against New York on Wednesday. Now, instead of being able to backdate Cecil's stint on the DL, he will be out for at least the next 15 days.

The 27-year-old thought he was good to go, because there wasn't any pain when he threw off flat ground or in the bullpen. That changed when the intensity level picked up vs. the Yankees, and the discomfort resurfaced two pitches into his outing.

Toronto has yet to make the roster move official, but right-hander Steve Delabar could make his return just two days after he was optioned to the Minor Leagues. If the Blue Jays prefer another left-handed reliever out of the bullpen, Rob Rasmussen likely will be back for his second stint of the season.

"I kind of wish I gave it a few more days," Cecil lamented. "I like to compete and I don't like to sit on the sidelines and watch. If I think I'm good enough to get out there, then I'm going to give them the OK to get me out there. Just stinks."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["injury" ] }
{"content":["injury" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español