Litsch forced to rest shoulder

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch throws in the bullpen during practice at their MLB American...

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch throws in the bullpen during practice at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida Feb. 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

Blue Jay bullpen candidate Jesse Litsch will have to take a seat for at least a week while he deals with some shoulder inflammation.

Litsch visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday to have his sore pitching shoulder examined. The famed orthopod found no structural damage and ordered some rest

“Jesse is no-throw for the next seven days,” said manager John Farrell. “During the pre-camp bullpens and even the first couple in camp Jesse didn’t think it was going to be anything to the point of shutting down.

“As time went along and the intensity of the workouts started to pick up, he felt the recovery wasn’t there with just one day off and decided it was time to say something, get it checked and then proceed as planned.”

Meanwhile, reliever Carlos Villanueva returned to the field for some long toss Tuesday and is expected to go to the mound Wednesday for a side session, then fave live hitting on Friday.

He experienced a circulation problem in his right hand on the weekend and is now taking blood thinners for what may be a blood clot that turned his hand ice cold.

“It’s tolerable. If it stays like it is right now, I could handle it all season. The trainer has said it might be just one of those things I have to get used to.

Villanueva revealed also that he has shed 31 pounds this off-season, though he did not appear to be seriously overweight last season.

“My uniform is always big and maybe hid my weight, but I was 236 on October 31. I looked horrible. I felt horrible. I was eating horrible.

“So I started working out, started eating better and did cardio until Dec. 31, then after that I started lifting and continued to eat well.”

The plan was to lose 20 pounds but by the time he got to camp he was at 205.

“Weird,” he said. “Now I have to eat a little more so I can fill out my uni.”

Villanueva sat out the last three weeks of the season with a tired arm and doesn’t want that to happen again. Hence the weight loss and strengthening program.

“I was devastated last year,” he said. “I only missed three weeks but it was horrible. I had never gone through that and never want to go through that again.”

Meanwhile, hitting coach Dwayne Murphy is away from camp dealing with an urgent family issue and is expected back later in the week.


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