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Jesse Litsch has a career-threatening infection

May 21, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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There are a lot of ways for careers to end, but if Jesse Litsch‘s career ends this way, it will be simply awful.

Back in March, Litsch was shut down due to some shoulder soreness. During his down time, he was given an anti-inflammatory injection in the area of the pain. That got infected, however, and he had to have emergency surgery.

Two months later and the infection is still causing problems, to the point where Litsch said this morning that it has become “career threatening.”

Litsch has a 4.16 ERA in 88 career appearances, 67 of which were starts.  Here’s hoping he gets more.

  1. angrycorgi - May 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    The freaking guy is only 27 and might have his career end because of an infection!? Man, that could really suck.

  2. mydadyourmom - May 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Shiiiiiit. Litsch is a tough kid, hope he gets a break and can make it back.

  3. airedale1950 - May 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I’m telling you it is karma for wearing the ghetto hat.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    In his own way, Litsch is a baseball lifer. He was once a bat boy for the Rays. Even if his pitching career ends, I suspect that he will continue in the game in some manner.

  5. jaysfan64 - May 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    He seemed to have found his niche in the pen the second half of last season…he’s one of the best fielding pitchers around too, and he’s also a good guy, too…that really sucks and I hope for his sake that this isn’t the way it ends for him….

  6. drewsylvania - May 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Makes me wonder if MLBPA is allowed to sue for malpractice on his behalf.

  7. protius - May 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Get well soon Jess. You’re a good man, and we’ll miss if you leave.

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