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Jesse Litsch shut down for a week with shoulder soreness

Feb 28, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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

Jesse Litsch came back from Tommy John elbow surgery to throw 75 reasonably effective innings last season, but now he’s been shut down for at least a week after experiencing shoulder soreness in Blue Jays camp.

John Lott of the National Post reports that Litsch was examined yesterday by Dr. James Andrews, which is so often a precursor to surgery, but for now he’ll try to simply rest the injury.

Litsch looked pretty good after shifting to the bullpen in the middle of last season and avoided arbitration with a one-year, $930,000 deal, so if healthy he’ll be competing to be either a fifth starter or long reliever for Toronto.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Bad news for Litsch, but not a serious problem for The Jays. He was going to be a starter only in an emergency roll. He was also facing strong competition for a spot in the bullpen.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    what else is new? the jays have a ton of pitchers like this guy who just cant stay healthy. Its like watching the same movie every year with these guys, enjoy 4th place.

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