Reliever Brett Cecil will return to the Blue Jays roster in time for Friday's afternoon game against the Athletics as it was expected. To make space on the 25-man roster, outfielder Anthony Gose was optioned to Buffalo, according to Sportsnet's Barry Davis.
Cecil initially suffered a groin injury on June 13 against the Orioles, but was not placed on the disabled list at the time. After feeling pain in an attempt to pitch on June 18, the Blue Jays decided to place the 2013 All-Star on the 15-day disabled list. He did not remain inactive for too long, making two rehab appearances in relief for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons. In two innings he gave up a solo shot, a single, and walked none.
Unfortunately the solo shot he gave up happened to be a game-tying one against the Syracuse Chiefs, leading to another extra-inning game for the Bisons. Sitting behind the plate for that game, my non-expert eyes saw nothing out of the ordinary for Cecil. He threw mostly fastballs, which hung around 93 mph (according to the stadium gun); it was an 88 mph cutter to Tyler Moore that was launched out of the park.
The return of Cecil will give the Blue Jays a seven-man bullpen again. It's not like the Jays have needed to use their bullpen all that much lately: Sergio Santos hasn't pitched since Sunday, Chad Jenkins hasn't been on a mound since last Thursday, and Todd Redmond has been sitting since last Wednesday.
As the Blue Jays are set to face several southpaws in this series, left-handed outfielder Anthony Gose is the odd man out, which is still a bit surprising given the fact that Colby Rasmus's status is still day-to-day with a wrist injury. If Rasmus still cannot play over the weekend, or if Jose Bautista is unable to return to the field soon, we will have to get used to seeing Brad Glenn and Darin Mastroianni's names on the starting card.
Today's @BlueJays lineup: Reyes-SS Cabrera-LF Bautista-DH Encarnacion-1B Navarro-C Glenn-RF Tolleson-3B Mastroianni-CF Kawasaki-2B Stroman-P— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) July 4, 2014
Eeep. Brad Glenn, he of 0 major league hits, is batting sixth.