Litsch shut down with shoulder inflammation

Litsch shut down with shoulder inflammation

Litsch shut down with shoulder inflammation
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Right-hander Jesse Litsch has been shut down for at least the next seven days because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

Litsch paid a visit to renowned surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, on Monday after experiencing continued soreness in the area, and the initial test results appeared to provide some encouraging news.

"Upon the examination, it did reveal and confirm that it was inflammation," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "At least at this point, nothing structurally, but we felt it was the best course to take the time down now to get over it and then build back up."

The injury is the latest in a series of setbacks for Litsch in recent seasons. In 2009, he underwent Tommy John surgery and last season he spent 54 days on the disabled list with an impingement in his right shoulder.

Litsch entered camp looking to compete for one of the final spots in the bullpen against Carlos Villanueva, Luis Perez and Rick VandenHurk. The injury likely will make it difficult for Litsch to make a strong case for himself and even if healthy, he likely will begin the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old Litsch first started experiencing soreness in his right shoulder late in the offseason, but didn't think much of it at the time.

"The bullpens leading up to Spring Training, and even the first couple of bullpens, he didn't feel like it was anything that was going to be to the point of shutting him down," Farrell said. "I think as time went on, and the intensity started to pick up a little bit, I think he felt like the recovery wasn't there with just one day off and felt like it was best to say something now, get it checked and then proceed as planned based on Dr. Andrews' recommendation."

Litsch began last year in the starting rotation, but transitioned to the bullpen following his shoulder ailment. He went 6-3 with a 4.44 ERA in 75 innings at the big league level and possesses a 4.16 ERA in parts of five seasons in the big leagues.