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  • August 13, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

    DUNEDIN, Fla. Mike Piazza Jersey . -- Brett Cecil walked into spring training last year with his career in limbo. The Toronto left-hander seemed far removed from his breakout season of 2010, when he posted a team-high 15 wins despite not making the 25-man roster out of camp. Instead, he was fresh off two years of disappointment. Hed bounced back and forth between the Blue Jays and Triple-A, going a combined 6-15 while getting demoted from the rotation. Cecil knew that if he didnt show improvement, his days in Toronto would be numbered. "There was a big discussion before the beginning of spring last year whether he was even going to make the team," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday. That doubt forced the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Cecil to make a change. He began throwing a weighted baseball during pitching drills to help strengthen his arm and build velocity. It worked. After several strong outings, Cecil was informed in the final days of camp that hed made the final cut. As a reliever, in fact. Cecil took advantage of that opportunity and went 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA and one save. He was also picked as an American League All-Star for the first time. Cecil pitched in 60 games, striking out 70 in 60 2-3 innings. He signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract in the off-season. The 27-year-old Cecil said last years experience changed his mindset and made him appreciate what he has. "Completely different," he said. "Im fairly certain that I have a spot on the team. Obviously, I have to perform, but its a little bit more pressure taken off not being on the bubble." Though Cecil performed well early on in 2013, he began to wear down during the second half of the season. Extra work with the weighted-ball routine and the added stress of having to continuously prove himself took a toll on his body. In September, soreness developed in his shoulder and prematurely ended his season. "I just needed rest," Cecil said. "It was a combination of a different role, different workload and overdoing the ball program a little bit." Cecil said he is now completely healthy and understands where his limits are. He said it will be much easier to dial it back when he needs to instead of constantly going full-bore all the time. "I just dont want any red flags to be thrown up, but I am going to be a lot smarter about the time I take throwing," Cecil said. "When I feel like I really need the work, if I feel like I need to take a day, I said Im going to take a day." "(During batting practice on Friday) they told me I had 25 pitches, and I said I dont need 25 pitches, Ill do 20. If I can throw 20, Im sure I can get five more in a game down the road. I dont need that right now. I need 20 or so and that would be it. Right now, its just saving as many bullets as I can for August, September and, hopefully, October." Gibbons agreed and said it will take that approach from Cecil to help the bullpen succeed. "He had a heck of a year," Gibbons said. "Hes found a role, he likes that bullpen role and hes very good at it. The big thing is always going to be durability, because the good ones get used a lot. Hes got to be conscious of that. He can be a hero, but he also has to understand that to be good in this business." NOTES: Gibbons said LHP J.A. Happ will start the Blue Jays exhibition opener on Wednesday in Clearwater against the Philadelphia Phillies. ... RHP Liam Hendriks, claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, joined the team. ... Japanese-born SS Munenori Kawasaki said he will cheer for the Canadian mens hockey team during its Olympic gold-medal game against Sweden on Sunday. Kawasaki said he predicts a win for Canada, because his son, Issho, was born in Toronto last year. "I love Canada," Kawasaki said. "I think Canada wins 2-1. Yes, perfect. Sounds good. Lets go, Canada." Yasiel Puig Jersey . -- What Anthony Jennings lacked in experience, LSU more than compensated for with a talented supporting cast in the Outback Bowl. Jackie Robinson Jersey . Louis and Ryan Kesler have demanded to be traded.Premiership Rugby says Eddie Jones three-day England training camp risked player welfare, while Mark McCall labelled it madness. Winger Anthony Watson joined Englands growing list of absentees for the autumn Test series on Tuesday after breaking his jaw in the intensive sessions at the Brighton base, while Wasps confirmed Sam Jones had broken his leg in a judo session on Monday. Mike Brown and Joe Marler of Harlequins and Saracens George Kruis have also been unable to train since.  Training injuries will happen Will Greenwood explains the role of sports like judo at England rugby training camps Saracens director of rugby McCall regards the timing of the camp as flabbergasting with their opening European Champions Cup tie against Toulon on October 15.McCall blamed Premiership Rugby for the £200m deal signed with the Rugby Football Union, which gave Eddie Jones greater access to clubs players. Australia coach Michael Cheika has defended Eddie Jones training methods However, Premiership Rugby insists the intensity of the training, signposted by head coach Jones on Friday as a test of resolve designed to make players feel uncomfortable, is not in keeping with their interpretation of the agreement.In the interests of player welfare, Premiership Rugby believes that England should not be doing full training sessions straight after a Premiership weekend, a statement read. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. This format was not anticipated and we would not expect full training sessions to occur during the two remaining two-day England camps planned this season.The RFU have defended Jones training camp though, insisting the Australian has done nothing wrong. The professional game agreement enables England players to attend training camps, which obviously involve rugby training, an RFU spokeswoman said.As we approach the autumn series, game training has to take place. This has always been part of the plan and is fully in line with the agreement.Jones put his 37-man squad through a gruelling session the day after they had practised judo in front of the watching British coaches JP Bell and KKate Howie. Chris Taylor Jersey. .  McCall wanted George Kruis (R) to only have one day training with England McCall has challenged the intensity of Jones sessions, raising particular concern to Kruis, who has been suffering with a back problem.George didnt train on Thursday because hes coming back from injury and we need to be sensible with him. It would have been wrong for him to train on Thursday, McCall said.Wed have preferred him to do one day with England and two days with us, but that didnt happen. McCall was adamant clubs should have a say in planning international training camps and pointed the blame at the top-flights organisers.  Mark McCall called Jones training camp flabbergasting From our clubs point of view we thought that Premiership Rugby could have thought harder as to where these camps are situated in the calendar, said McCall, who added that he has no objective in principle.To have the camp 10 days before our first Champions Cup game was flabbergasting.I understand Englands needs, but it seems madness. Everyone goes on about player welfare yet our international players have had a tough Monday and Tuesday and we are playing on Sunday.We would like to have been involved in the discussion. Not to be consulted about it at all seems to be strange. England forwards coach Steve Borthwick talks about the challenge of facing South Africa at Twickenham in the autumn internationals Weve got to fight our corner in these situations. I think the directors of rugby at least should be asked. We werent part of the discussion at all.When I raised it and objected to it I think there was surprise that it should cause any problem. England need time with their players - I understand that - but we would prefer it to be at a different time.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! 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