Blue Jays' Cecil 'tender' after 7-pitch outing

Blue Jays' Cecil 'tender' after 7-pitch outing

ARLINGTON -- Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil felt "tender" after his outing against the Rangers on Saturday night, and he could be in need of a stint on the disabled list.

Cecil retired two of the three batters he faced in a 6-5 loss to Texas. He threw seven pitches, and Cecil informed the Blue Jays training staff after his outing that he felt some discomfort.

Toronto manager John Gibbons volunteered the information to reporters after the game but declined to get into specifics.

"Cecil came up a little bit tender," Gibbons said. "We have to look at that, possibly, what we're going to do there."

Gibbons was pressed for details but instead added: "That's it, that's all you're hearing. That's all you need to know."

Cecil, 29, has appeared in 16 games for the Blue Jays this season and has a 5.23 ERA. He recently returned from the paternity list following a three-game absence to attend the birth of his daughter.

It wasn't immediately clear where Cecil was experiencing discomfort. He has dealt with shoulder issues as recently as last spring, which led to a decrease in velocity at the start of the season. He avoided the DL, but the shoulder has bothered him at various times in his career.

Toronto has fellow lefties Aaron Loup and Franklin Morales on the 15-day DL. Loup began a rehab assignment with Class A Dunedin on Saturday, but he'll need at least a week -- and likely more -- before he can return. If Cecil needs to be replaced on the 25-man roster, switch-pitcher Pat Venditte is a possible candidate.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.