Not too long ago, the Toronto Blue Jays moved left handed relief pitcher Brett Cecil from the 15 day disabled list to the 60 day, shutting him down for the remainder of the season.
Cecil has been dealing with some elbow inflammation as he appeared in 60 games for the Blue Jays this season. Cecil managed to pitch 60 innings of work and carried an ERA of 2.82.
Now according to Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, the team is considering putting him back into the rotation next season.
“We never talked to Brett about it, but we kicked it around for a brief moment because obviously he had success and we had holes that had come up.” Alex Anthopoulos told Sportsnet.ca.
This team did in fact run into some problems with their rotation last season. They lost J.A. Happ for a good part of the season after he was struck in the face by a linedrive in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
R.A. Dickey’s numbers dropped compared to last season. He finished the year 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA and 177 strike outs. Compared to 2012 with the New York Mets where he finished 20-6 with five complete games, three of them being shut outs and 230 strike outs.
So Cecil being placed back into the rotation isn’t all that bad of an idea. In 2010 he finished the year 15-7 after pitching 172.2 innings and had an ERA of 4.22 with 117 strike outs. So if he can get back to that form, he should be perfectly fine.