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Jesse Litsch gets emergency surgery, out six weeks

Mar 4, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch was shut down last week due to shoulder soreness and given an anti-inflammatory injection in the area of the pain.

Litsch was only supposed to miss a couple of days while the shot took effect. But the 26-year-old has now been ruled out for the start of the 2012 season.

According to beat writer Gregor Johns of, the injection caused an infection in Litsch’s right arm and he had to undergo emergency surgery this weekend to have the infection removed.

Litsch will not be allowed to pick up a baseball for the next six weeks and is doubtful to be back to 100 percent health by the end of April. He registered a 4.44 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 75 innings last season.

  1. cur68 - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Well that sucks. Kid’s career aint cursed enough with being roly-poly, red headed and a barely good enough arm for MLB, now he gets an injection site infection needing surgery? Boy’s mojo needs an infusion of juju, IMO. Good luck & get well soon, Jesse.

    • wlschneider09 - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Hey Cur, totally unrealted, but what’s your take on Henderson Alvarez?

      • cur68 - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        Oof. Small sample size, brah. BUT, the eyeball test says pretty good. Seems to throws hard enough (mid 90’s), but he’s got a good enough disguise for his off speed stuff. Needs a slider that breaks sharper (hell, who doesn’t?) and could do to learn Lefty Ricky Ramirez’s curve ball, BUT he’s accurate for a guy with as little MLB experience as he has and he’s unintimidated by the big stage. The trick with him is to throw the slider AT the right hand batter’s box, pretty much on the chalk line, about letter high. Last season he had trouble throwing that pitch for strikes. If he starts it own the middle, in the zone, its in the dirt in front of the left hand batter’s box: that isn’t going to get it done. Good fantasy ball pick up, but wait for at least one ST start before committing, if you can.

      • canadaman54 - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Definitely encouraging that control is not an issue. I prefer a young, hard thrower who needs to hone his breaking stuff (Alvarez) then a young, hard thrower who needs a pamphlet about how to find the strike zone (Drabek).

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        I would take him late in a fantasy draft. At 21, he was not afraid of big league hitters. He was impressive. Drabek is pitching well so far this spring, and might just pass Alvarez of the depth chart. Keep an eye on Drabek

      • wlschneider09 - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        Thanks for the input. I’m looking at him for fantasy reasons, but always get a little nervous when a player posts better stats in the majors in a small sample size than what you see in a larger minor league career. Sometimes it’s legit, the player simply put it all together, better coaching, etc… In those cases I really prefer to have actually seen the player, but I trust you and PC as scouts :)

        If I can get him for cheap, I’ll take the flyer.

      • wlschneider09 - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

        PC, would it be Alvarez or McGowan at risk of losing a spot to Drabek?

  2. JB (the original) - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Where do they get their medical supplies, Bill’s Toque and Used Needle Emporium?

    • drewsylvania - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Exactly. Lower-level heads will probably roll for this.

  3. randygnyc - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Jb, the needles came from Jose Bautista’s locker, FYI.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    and i still have the jays down for 4th place this year even with this news…

  5. jimbo1949 - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Do the Jays share facilities with the Mets?

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