Jesse Litsch To Have Tommy John Surgery as Pitching Injuries Mount

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJune 10, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 27:  Jesse Litsch #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch during the MLB game against the Kansas City Royals on April 27, 2008 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

Toronto Blue Jays pitchers continue to drop like fly's as it was reported today that injured starter Jesse Litsch will undergo Tommy John Surgery.

Jesse Litsch will go under the knife on Friday after injuring his arm on April 13th. It was first reported as a strained right forearm and was thought not be to serious.

Unfortunately, Litsch started to feel extreme soreness in his elbow while rehabbing at the Jays' training facility in Florida. His second visit to Dr. James Andrews revealed no ligament damage, but it has been decided that Litsch will have the surgery to fix his arm problem right away.

Litsch is the fourth Jays starter to suffer from a serious injury in the last couple of years. It all started with Casey Janssen, who missed the entire 2008 season after he tore his labrum in a Spring Training game.

Janssen is just beginning to come back strong.

Dustin McGowan followed Janssen in July after he underwent shoulder surgery. McGowan has been out since then and is currently rehabbing. Yet, it seems that his return will still not be for a while.

After McGowan comes Shaun Marcum, who underwent Tommy John Surgery himself in September of last year. Marcum is surprisingly ahead of McGowan in his progress, but will not return in the near future.

This trend is becoming alarming.

Just think of the depth that the Jays would have with a healthy McGowan, Marcum, and Litsch!

Hopefully the trend does not continue with Brett Cecil and Brad Mills. I do believe that the Jays are watching their innings pitched for this year very carefully.

What I find strange is that I have heard discussions that a lot of pitchers, with not so serious injuries, are getting Tommy John surgery because it is guaranteed to help fix your arm, and you are very likely to come back stronger than ever.

With the advances in modern technology, Tommy John surgery is more of a sure thing than ever, so maybe Jesse Litsch is getting it just to be extra sure he recovers at 100 percent?

Either way, I just hope that Dustin McGowan, Shaun Marcum, and Jesse Litsch can make fast and full recoveries.