Cecil throws first 'pen session after recovering from flu

Competing for closer's role, Blue Jays lefty 'looked really good,' according to manager

Cecil throws first 'pen session after recovering from flu

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil threw his first bullpen session on Wednesday morning after missing the previous two days because of the flu.

Cecil caught a rather nasty bug that kept him under the weather for the past 48 hours, but he's on the mend and wasn't showing any ill effects while throwing for the first time this spring.

"I thought he looked really good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I thought he looked a little pale, but I thought he threw the ball really well."

Outlook: Cecil, RP, TOR

Cecil is competing for the closer's role this spring following the departure of right-hander Casey Janssen during the offseason. Cecil already has expressed his desire for the job, but he is expected to receive some competition from rookie right-hander Aaron Sanchez.

The 28-year-old Cecil went 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 53 1/3 innings last season. He has six career saves under his belt and previously was a closer at the University of Maryland before being drafted by the Blue Jays in 2007.

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.