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Jesse Litsch placed on disabled list with shoulder impingement

May 20, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

Blue Jays pitcher Litsch throws to the  Rays during their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto Reuters

According to Gregor Chisholm of, the Blue Jays have placed right-hander Jesse Litsch on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

Litsch is 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA and 36/18 K/BB ratio over his first eight starts this season. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up six runs — five earned — on seven hits over five innings Wednesday against the Rays while walking three and striking out just one. Not only was it his shortest outing of the season, but his velocity was down a tick from his career average.

Litsch is expected to miss at least two starts, though the injury is not considered serious. Carlos Villanueva will take his place in the starting rotation Monday against the Yankees. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 1.48 ERA and 21/10 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings of relief this season. He has made 27 starts during his major league career, all with the Brewers.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 20, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    In other Jays news. Rauch just cost Reyes a much needed win. Rauch gave up 2 runs in the 8th inning after Reyes had left with a 2 to 0 lead.

    • missthemexpos - May 20, 2011 at 10:44 PM

      Reyes looked really good this evening. Rauch may have cost Reyes the win, however the Jay’s should have had more than 2 runs scored. A classic case of missed chances coming back to haunt you.

      • cur68 - May 21, 2011 at 12:09 AM

        Agreed. Jo-Jo Reyes pitched a whale of a game and deserved the win.

        Where was our offense? 2 runs was all the Beaverboys could manage? It certainly looked like they wanted to contribute some offense but they did it by striking, popping, or fouling out. There’s way too much swinging for the fences going on.

        If your name is not Jose Bautista or Adam Lind then you need to be thinking contact, not moon-shot-homer. Just way too many pop ups or fouls straight up in the air as a result of mighty hacks. Short quick slap hits a la Rajai Davis and then we’d be somewhere.

        Lets hope they learned something for tomorrow.

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