May 21, 2012
Litsch's injury turns career-threatening: ReportWearing an 'IV going to my heart'
By QMI Agency
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch's shoulder injury has gone from potentially season-ending to career-threatening.
According to Sportsnet's Barry Davis, who talked to Litsch Monday, the infection he developed in his right shoulder, which required emergency surgery in March, has gotten worse. Now the 27-year-old says he might never play again.
Litsch was shut down early in training camp due to shoulder inflammation in his shoulder. An injection of platelet-rich plasma, which should have helped heal the injury, led to an infection, which in turn resulted in Litsch having emergency arthroscopic surgery to clean it out.
Originally expected to miss six weeks after having surgery but the infection has gotten worse. Litsch told Sportsnet he's been wearing an "IV going to my heart" for six weeks, which "is not fun."
Litsch, who has pitched in 88 games with the Blue Jays, has a record of 27-27 with a career earned-run average of 4.16.