Doctors give Litsch some good news
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI AGENCY
|Jesse Litsch has been told by doctors that he no longer has an infection in his injured shoulder. (Reuters)
Jesse Litsch hasn’t had a lot of good news lately but he got some Tuesday. Doctors had ordered a blood test last Friday to make sure the infection in his injured shoulder had been completely healed and he got a clean bill of health on that front.
That still leaves Litsch with a very sore shoulder that he is trying to rehabilitate. His problems began in spring training with some relatively minor inflammation. He underwent a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection that caused an infection in the joint requiring emergency surgery to clean it up.
Because of the immobilization of his shoulder after surgery, he developed a case of what is called “frozen shoulder” and is currently trying to deal with the discomfort of that ailment.
“I’ve had numerous MRI’s and it’s the same as it was prior to the infection,” he said. “There’s no structural damage and I don’t have an infection. The pain is still here and I have a lot of pain but we’re trying to figure things out.”
If there is no improvement, further surgery may be necessary.
“It’s more pain than I’ve felt in my life,” he said, “but it’s something they keep telling me, ‘You’ve got to get through it.’ So I’m going to do what they say. It’s the fight to get back that you have to take as a competition and beat the odds on that, too.”
No Backing Down
Edwin Encarnacion is dealing with some mild lower back discomfort but it’s not enough of a problem to keep him sidelined. Yan Gomes started at first base Tuesday while Encarnacion got a bit of a break as the DH.
“It started with a swing in Anaheim,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s been getting treatment regularly but I think with the additional play at first base, we’ve got to monitor the overall work volume. Most importantly, he felt okay when he swung the bat early (Tuesday afternoon).”
Man Of Many Gloves
Gomes has started five games since being called up, four at third base and one at first. He can also catch and play the outfield. His versatility opens many doors for th young Brazilian.
“It adds to the ability to get him into the lineup and to get him his at-bats,” said Farrell. “Anytime we can have a guy who rotates through multiple spots on the field defensively, it gives us a chance to keep Edwin, for example, in the lineup despite some minor health issues.
“More importantly, what he’s done in his first four games has been very, very good.”