TORONTO -- Jesse Litsch continues to make progress from an emergency
medical procedure performed on his right shoulder, but there is
no timetable for his return to the mound.
Toronto's right-hander was shut down early in Spring Training because
of inflammation in his shoulder. Litsch visited renowned surgeon Dr.
James Andrews for a full diagnosis that confirmed the inflammation and
didn't find any structural damage.
That was supposed to be good news, and Litsch received a platelet-rich
plasmas (PRP) injection to help with the healing process. Unfortunately
for Litsch and the Blue Jays, that injection caused a serious
infection, and Litsch was forced to undergo surgery.
"The range of motion is just starting to come back into play, but he
has not started to throw a baseball yet," Blue Jays manager John Farrell
said of Litsch, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday night.
Litsch had been hooked up to an IV that delivered medication into his
system throughout the day but has since had that removed. A recent MRI
concluded that the infection has been successfully removed and now he
is going through range of motion exercises to slowly work his way back
into playing shape.