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03/04/10 10:41 AM EST

Cecil scratched from first spring outing

Blue Jays left-hander has cut on thumb of throwing hand

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brett Cecil will have to wait a few days to make his Grapefruit League debut for the Blue Jays. The young left-hander was scheduled to pitch against the Tigers on Thursday, but was scratched due to a cut on the thumb of his throwing hand.

Cecil -- a contender for one of the vacant spots in Toronto's rotation -- is still able to play catch and was pulled from his planned two-inning appearance as a precaution. The Blue Jays expect the minor setback to only cause a slight delay for Cecil, who will likely be cleared to resume his normal routine in a couple days.

Cecil went 7-4 with a 5.30 ERA over 18 appearances, including 17 starts, as a rookie for the Blue Jays last season. This spring, the 23-year-old southpaw -- selected by Toronto with the 38th overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft -- is trying to earn one of the five available starting roles with the Jays.

The leading contenders for rotation jobs, in no particular order, include Ricky Romero, Shaun Marcum, Brandon Morrow, Brian Tallet, Dustin McGowan, Marc Rzepczynski and Cecil, among many others. With Cecil temporarily sidelined, the Blue Jays sent righty Ray Gonzalez to Lakeland, Fla., to log a couple innings against Detroit.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.