He has had pain and soreness in his shoulder and was evaluated by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews who was encouraged by the results.
The examination indicated that Litsch's shoulder is inflamed and not injured. Dr. Andrews seems pleased that there is no structural damage.
Litsch will need some time to rest his shoulder to allow it to heal before building it back up.
He suffered another unfortunate injury in 2009 and required Tommy John surgery spent 54 days on the disabled list.
Litsch had been on the starting rotation last year, but transitioned to the bullpen due to his injury.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said that Litsch felt like he was not recovering from his shoulder ailment and thought that it was best to report it and proceed according to Dr. Andrew's recommendations.
Litsch's MLB debut with Toronto was on May 15, 2007. He has a record of 27-27, a 1.31 WHIP, 239 strikeouts and a 4.16 ERA.
His injury came at a bad time—he was competing for a spot in the 2012 rotation. He will likely begin his season with Triple-A Las Vegas once he is cleared to pitch again.
With some rest and possibly some rehabilitation, Litsch may make it back to Toronto and pitch out of the bullpen.
But, with some down time, he should make a decent comeback.
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