The 28-year-old Cecil remains in the mix for the closer's role alongside right-hander Aaron Sanchez, and with almost a month remaining until Opening Day, there should be plenty of time to get ready, barring any setbacks.
"Talked to him today, he feels good," Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said Monday morning. "We'll work with the trainers and get him in a game as soon as possible, within reason. Obviously he needs to feel good, but there is plenty of time for him to be ready for Opening Day. If he gets six or seven appearances, we'll be good to go."
Cecil went 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 53 1/3 innings last season. His biggest strength is an ability to miss bats, striking out 12.8 per nine innings, which was tops among Blue Jays relievers in 2014.
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