Jays' Litsch won't throw for six weeks

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch winds up during the eighth inning of his MLB American League...

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch winds up during the eighth inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, California, Aug. 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach)

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Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jesse Litsch received good news from Dr. James Andrews earlier in the week.

After experiencing inflammation in his shoulder at the start of spring, Litsch went to visit Andrews. The renowned doctor confirmed the inflammation, but said Litsch had no structural damage, according to MLB.com. To hasten the healing process, Litsch received a platelet-rich plasmas injection.

Turns out that was no shot in the arm.

Infection resulted from the injection, and Litsch will not be allowed to throw for at least six weeks, according to MLB.com.

“He had a reaction to the injection that actually caused an infection, and as that began to grow, there was an additional procedure needed to clean out the infection,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell told MLB.com of the eventual arthroscopic surgery. “It was an emergency procedure because the infection was growing, so that had to be flushed out.”

Litsch is shut down for the next two weeks, during which he will not be going through any conditioning work.

Litsch, 26, was 6-3 with a 4.44 ERA in 75 innings in the Majors last season and has a 4.16 ERA in parts of five seasons in the Majors.


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