Litsch continues recovery after emergency surgery

Litsch continues recovery after emergency surgery

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.