The Toronto Blue Jays have received some good news about two of their most key players as they head into the offseason and begin preparing for 2014. Examinations on pitcher Brett Cecil and center fielder Colby Rasmus showed that neither player has any structural damage regarding an injury that ended his season early. Both players should be ready for Spring Training 2014. Here is the latest update via MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm.
Left-hander Brett Cecil had struggled as a starter for most of his young career, but he flourished as a left-handed specialist in the Blue Jays' pen this year. Cecil finished the year at 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA in 60.2 innings over 60 appearances. His season ended on September 12 because of inflammation in his left elbow. Cecil had multiple examinations, and physicians have decided that he will need only rest and not surgery.
Manager John Gibbons plans to keep Cecil in the bullpen next year, and, according to Chisholm, Cecil wants to stay there.
Center fielder Colby Rasmus did not suffer any structural damage when a warm-up throw struck him in the face on September 20. Rasmus was not ready for the throw and never saw the ball coming at him. Physicians waited until the swelling went down to determine the extent of the damage, but there is none. Rasmus received clearance to play, but Gibbons has decided not to play him again this year for precautionary reasons.
Rasmus hit .276/.388/.501 with 22 HR and 66 RBI. He was on pace to set new career highs in home runs and runs batted in. He should have another opportunity next year.
Both players will apparently have normal offseason programs and expect to report to Spring Training in February fully recovered and ready for a new season.
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