6/15/2014 1:59 P.M. ET
Cecil eyeing quick return from groin injury
By David Wilson / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Brett Cecil was on the side of the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards prior to Sunday's game against the O's to play catch with starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.
Earlier in the morning, the Blue Jays' reliever walked around in the clubhouse with a bag of ice strapped to his left groin. He won't be available to pitch on Sunday as he continues to recover from left groin tightness, but Toronto is hoping for a return on Tuesday.
"We've got to treat the heck out of it today, get back in there, treat it and hopefully he's available on Tuesday," Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said.
Cecil hasn't pitched since leaving in the eighth inning of Toronto's win against the Orioles on Friday with the injury.
With Cecil injured, the Blue Jays are limited to just one lefty -- Aaron Loup -- out of the bullpen.
Toronto has a day off on Monday, after which the team hopes Cecil will be able to return. If not, the Blue Jays will have to reach a decision soon about whether to place Cecil on the disabled list. Toronto is currently using a two-man bench after first baseman Adam Lind suffered a right foot contusion during the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss on Saturday.
"He felt pretty good today," Walker said of Cecil. "Definitely encouraging."
Dickey expected to make next start
BALTIMORE -- R.A. Dickey was optimistic about his right groin injury on Saturday just hours after feeling tightness and exiting the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to the Orioles in the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
On Sunday morning, pitching coach Pete Walker said he doesn't expect the knuckleballer to miss any games.
"He was optimistic he'd be ready for his next start," Walker said.
After allowing two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, Dickey left Saturday night's start against the O's with right groin tightness. Having already thrown 99 pitches, the righty only expected to face one more batter, so he took the cautious approach and left the game.
Dickey visited with the trainers after he departed, and he left feeling better about the extent of the injury.
"It was a real mild tightness," Dickey said on Saturday. "Gives me some optimism."
A day later, Dickey said he felt fine, but "a little sore." He's grateful that the Blue Jays are off on Monday, so his next start can come on an extra day of rest.
Dickey's next start is scheduled for Friday against the Reds.
"It kind of works out," Walker said. "To be honest with you, even without the extra day, from how he was talking, he feels pretty confident he'll be available his next start."
• Lind ambled into the Blue Jays' clubhouse on Sunday on crutches with a boot on his right foot -- a pair of precautionary measures. He is out of the lineup with a right foot contusion and is getting a second X-ray on Sunday.
• Toronto's top prospect Aaron Sanchez struggled in his first start for Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. He allowed five runs -- four earned -- on six hits in four innings against Triple-A Toledo. He walked four batters and struck out two.
David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.