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Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil sits out game with tender shoulder

03/06/2015 05:48 EST | Updated 05/06/2015 05:59 EDT
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Toronto Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil skipped his scheduled pitching assignment Friday because of a sore shoulder.

"His shoulder's a little tender," Toronto manager John Gibbons said after the Jays' 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. "I don't think it's a big deal but no use pushing it right now."

Cecil, a left-hander, is in contention for the Jays' closer role. Right-hander Aaron Sanchez served as closer at the end of last season but is currently bidding to join the starting rotation.

Cecil, whose arrival at spring training was delayed by a bout of the flu, pitched in Monday's intra-squad game.

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