Today in news that broke over an hour ago that I didn’t bother to post about, Jays reliever Jesse Litsch has been shut down for seven days due to shoulder inflammation, according to tweets from… well… everyone.

But it’s John Lott of the National Post who gets heavy with it.

Dun dun dun….

Litsch missed nearly all of 2009 with Tommy John surgery. That, of course, involves the elbow. Now the shoulder– which was the cause of a trip to the DL last year thanks to what Baseball Prospectus categorizes as an “impingement.”

He may not exactly be the most integral piece of the Jays’ bullpen, but you hate to see anybody go down with a potential long-term injury, not just for the sake of the club, but for the sake of the livelihood of a pretty decent pitcher (who, y’know, might be better suited to, say, the National League). Especially someone who has already had such a recent, long year of rehab.

They don’t send you to the Grim Reaper unless something is serious, but that said, let’s not forget that Frank Francisco visited Dr. Andrews last spring, and he was fine enough to turn in a rather spectacular second half (like Rocky V, I’m pretty sure the first half of Francisco’s season didn’t happen). So… here’s hoping everything is alright.

Comments (9)

  1. Somehow, Litsch makes every uniform look like a little league uniform.

  2. No big deal for the team, but As a long man out of the pen I thought He did and would continue to do a pretty decent job. Hope its not too serious!

  3. James Andrews are two words a pitcher does not want to hear in association with his own name.

    With the addition of BP arms like Cordero, Frasor and Oliver in the offseason, the odds were pretty low that Litsch was breaking camp with the big club.  And with Luis Perez out of options and featuring a breaking pitch that can cause personal injury, Litsch is/was likely going to be assigned to AAA as he has one minor league option remaining.

    Hopefully, his shoulder is nothing serious and he can be a reserve starter or bullpen piece for the big club when they need help during the season.

    John Lott tweeted today that Dustin McGowan looked good in his live BP session.  So there is some good news coming out of camp today.

  4. son of a litsch

  5. somehwere tonight, gargamel is smiling

  6. Jesse Litsch? Might as well be Travis Snider….Who the fuck cares? 

  7.  No fatties allowed.

  8. Stark hears Jays might be interested in RH bats like Ordonez or Guerrero

    Meh.  I’ll take the 2010 versions of either guy, but they both were pretty bad last year.

  9. one would think a borderline major leaguer like Jessie would one day realize that being a fat fuck might not be the best body morphology to propel him to the next level.  on the other hand, DEM CHEESBURGERS TASTE GOOOOOD

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