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Blue Jays demote struggling starter Brett Cecil to Triple-A

Apr 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Along with activating Brandon Morrow from the disabled list the Blue Jays have made another rotation move, surprisingly demoting left-hander Brett Cecil to Triple-A.

Cecil has struggled early on with a 6.86 ERA and 15/11 K/BB ratio in 21 innings spread over four starts, but he went 15-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 117/54 K/BB ratio last season and dropping the 24-year-old from the rotation is definitely unexpected.

Diminished velocity has played a big part in Cecil’s poor performance, with his average fastball clocking in at just 88.3 miles per hour after being at 90.1 mph last season.

He lost against the Yankees last night and afterward manager John Farrell talked about how Cecil’s attempts to “create a little additional velocity” led to control problems and elevated fastballs, so instead of trying to make mechanical adjustments on the fly in the majors they’ll let him do so at Triple-A.

  1. spudchukar - Apr 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    The Jays have a wealth of starters. This is probably meant as more of a message than anything else. Just guessing, don’t know much about Cecil’s make-up, but they aren’t going to replace 15 wins with just anyone. Hope he gets things straightened out.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    You’ll have these things in a small town…..or a big city.

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