Toronto Blue Jays Make ALDS Roster Change

After Toronto Blue Jays LHP Brett Cecil suffered a calf injury in game two of the ALDS on Friday, the Blue Jays have added RHP Ryan Tepera to the ALDS roster in place of Cecil.

Immediately following a rundown during his appearance in the eighth inning of their game two, 14-inning matchup with the Texas Rangers, Cecil came out of the game. It wasn’t immediately apparent what the injury was. An MRI revealed that he tore his left calf muscle.

The injury to Cecil could keep him out for the remainder of the postseason. That leaves just one lefty in the bullpen for the Jays in Aaron Loup.

Cecil had a solid 2015 season posting a 2.48 ERA in 54.1 innings.

Ryan Tepera, 27, appeared in 32 games across three different stints for the Blue Jays in 2015, his rookie season. He posted a record of of 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 33.0 innings.

Veteran LaTroy Hawkins who gave up the deciding runs in the 14th inning to the Rangers, was hyping up Loup.

“We’ve got another pretty good lefty out there in Loup,’’ Hawkins said. “He’s going to get a chance to pitch in some big situations.’’

Some big situations sure are right as the Blue Jays are facing elimination down 0-2 to the Rangers with the series shifting to Texas for at least game three (and game four if needed).

Toronto will need to win the next three games to advance to the ALCS, although right now, it isn’t looking too promising.

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