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Cecil activated, Gose optioned to Minors

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OAKLAND -- Left-hander Brett Cecil was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday afternoon's game against the A's.

Cecil's recovery from a strained groin went about as well as could be expected. He missed the minimum 15 days and made a pair of rehab appearances with Triple-A Buffalo prior to re-joining his club.

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With Cecil not having missed much time, the Blue Jays don't seem too concerned about easing him back into middle relief. He'll be called upon when the need presents itself.

"We'll pick our spots, if it's something where we need him, he lines up good with somebody over there, we'll use him regardless," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

To make room for Cecil on the 25-man roster, outfielder Anthony Gose was optioned to the Minor Leagues. That left Toronto with a starting outfield of Melky Cabrera, Darin Mastroianni and Brad Glenn.

Colby Rasmus will resume his starting duties in center field in the near future but remains day to day with a sore right wrist while Jose Bautista is still limited to designated hitter duties because of a hamstring injury.

When Rasmus and Bautista are completely healthy it's possible the Blue Jays will option Glenn to open up a spot for catcher Erik Kratz. For now, Gose is the odd man out while Mastroianni and Glenn remain in the fold because the club is facing a lot of left-handed pitching in the coming week.

"He definitely understood, he has come a long way," Gibbons said of Gose. "There will come a time when he can sit out in that room and not have to worry about that [stuff] anymore.

"He's some good things for us while he's been in here. He's been up and down a couple of times but he has helped us out in a lot of ways. He gets it, he understands what it's all about."

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.

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