NEW YORK -- While Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston spoke with reporters before Sunday's series finale in the Bronx, a Yankees legend and special advisor to New York, Reggie Jackson, sneaked into the manager's office and sat quietly on the couch.
Gaston was asked about what it will be like managing at Yankee Stadium for what could be the last time. He chuckled when it was suggested he might scoop some infield dirt as a keepsake.
"Dirt? No," Gaston said. "The only thing I might get is Reggie's autograph."
With that, Gaston looked at his old friend and smiled. They proceeded to reminisce for half an hour about their memories of the game, their favorite unheralded players, and the one winter they shared as teammates, in 1967, on an instructional league team in Arizona.
"It was probably the quietest bus I've ever been on in my life going back to the hotel," Gaston said. "And then we weren't quite able to ever reach the hotel -- we had to get out and walk a few blocks because of construction. But the guys came back and we won the next three ballgames. That showed me what kind of heart we had on that club."
Gaston wistfully listed other recognizable home runs hit by his players over the years in New York. On Sunday, he dug even deeper into his vast memory reservoir -- 43 years deep, when he was a young outfielder in the Braves' organization. He arrived in Arizona that winter and met a 21-year-old Jackson.
Jackson, then with the Kansas City Athletics' organization, was two years younger than Gaston, who had already played three years of professional baseball at the time. Jackson was asked if he learned anything from Gaston.
"He's the Hall of Famer," Gaston interrupted. "What'd he teach me?"
Staving off fatigue on Cecil's agenda
NEW YORK -- Following Sunday's 7-3 win over the Yankees, Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil said he might think about adjusting his routine in between starts to combat some arm fatigue.
"Maybe it's just the end of the year, a little fatigue and I need to switch something up, take a day off in between [starts] or something," Cecil said. "I feel great physically, I just might need to figure out a different way to go about things to get the velocity back up."
The comments came as a bit of a surprise, considering Cecil's performance against the Yankees earlier that day. He held New York to seven hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings to improve to 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in his last four starts.
The 24-year-old left-hander, in his second season in the Major Leagues, said he noticed his velocity in the 80s most of the game, below his norm. He also wore down in the seventh and was relieved after 102 pitches.
It was the seventh time in the last eight starts Cecil has thrown more than 100 pitches.
"It might just be something as simple as switching up something between the off-days or taking a few steps back and going with a light workout," Cecil said. "I don't know, but I'm definitely going to switch something up."
The Blue Jays shut down young right-hander Brandon Morrow for the season after he started on Friday. Morrow made 26 starts this season; Sunday was Cecil's 24th start of the year.
But Cecil said he didn't believe it would have to come to that.
"The arm doesn't hurt -- my body feels good," Cecil said. "I don't think it'll have to come to me being shut down, but we'll see."
Reinforcements from Minors arrive for Jays
NEW YORK -- A day after manager Cito Gaston said he didn't believe any position players would be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, utility player Jarrett Hoffpauir arrived in Toronto's visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
Hoffpauir was recalled along with relievers Josh Roenicke and Rommie Lewis from Las Vegas, which is finishing up its season on Monday. Gaston said the move to bring in an additional position player was partly out of desperation, with outfielder Fred Lewis and shortstop Yunel Escobar still banged up.
"I looked at our situation that we have here, and the first game I had no players -- I couldn't do anything," Gaston said. "I could, but then you take the chance of having to put one of your pitchers in the outfield. Now I got someone who can play the outfield, so I'm OK."
Hoffpauir started nine games at third base for Toronto in late June, hitting .214 with one run scored. He batted .295 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs for Las Vegas this season.
Roenicke was 9-1 with a 3.64 ERA in 36 appearances, while Lewis was 1-5 with a 7.59 ERA and five saves in Triple-A this season.
Escobar remains out of the lineup for the seventh consecutive game with a stiff back. Gaston said the Jays' starting shortstop is still day-to-day.
"Until he tells me he can play, I can't play him," Gaston said. "Back's still bothering him, yeah."
Lewis also was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a sprained right elbow. He's available for pinch-running, but not pinch-hitting.
Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.