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Jesse Litsch | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Jesse Litsch has retired from professional baseball.
Litsch, 29, made the announcement Thursday on his personal Twitter feed. The right-hander registered a 4.16 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 417 2/3 major league innings -- all for the Blue Jays, who drafted him in the 24th round in 2004. Arm injuries ultimately did him in. Thu, Aug 21, 2014 01:28:00 PM

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Chris Cotillo of reports that Jesse Litsch is considering retirement.

Litsch has had four surgeries on his pitching arm after a platelet-rich plasma injection caused an infection. He's mulling whether or not to undergo a fifth procedure or possibly pursue coaching/scouting opportunities. Litsch hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2011.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 01:49:00 PM

Jesse Litsch is currently awaiting a donor cadaver for bone graft surgery on his throwing arm.

Assuming a suitable donor is found soon, it will be Litsch's third surgery in a year's time. It's essentially a last-ditch effort to save his playing career, as the procedure will graft bone and cartilage onto the back of his right arm and shoulder to compensate for cartilage lost through an infection earlier this year. The procedure is typically reserved for older people, so there's no telling whether his arm will be able to hold up with the rigors of throwing a baseball. His quality of life will be improved, at the very least.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 04:53:00 PM

Jesse Litsch could need another surgery to address an infection in his pitching shoulder.

Litsch underwent an emergency operation back in March to address an infection caused by a platelet-rich plasma injection. But, he still has pain when throwing from 60-70 feet, so he'll visit a cartilage specialist later this month to see if another operation will be require. The 27-year-old realizes that it's possibly a career-ending situation. "You have to be a realist when it comes to this stuff," Litsch said. "When your arm is telling you that you can't throw, you have to fix me or I can't really do what you're asking me to do, you definitely start thinking."
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 03:03:00 PM

Jesse Litsch has opted for free agency.

Litsch declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday and will instead try his hand on the open market. The 27-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since the 2011 season due to arm troubles and will likely have to settle for a minor league contract.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 04:21:00 PM

Jesse Litsch said on 590 The Fan in Toronto that he is done for the season following biceps tendon surgery.

Just the latest development in a year Litsch would like to forget. The 27-year-old right-hander was originally shut down during spring training with shoulder inflammation. He developed an infection in the area following an injection of platelet-rich plasma, which required emergency arthroscopic surgery. This latest procedure, which consisted of putting his biceps tendon back in place, will keep him out until 2013.
Wed, Jun 20, 2012 02:59:00 PM

Jesse Litsch said precautionary tests have confirmed that the infection in his shoulder is gone.

Good news. Litsch required emergency arthroscopic surgery in early March after developing an infection following an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his right shoulder. The infection somehow got worse from there, which led to the 27-year-old right-hander saying that he may never play again, but he appears to finally be making some progress.
Tue, May 22, 2012 12:40:00 PM

Jesse Litsch told Sportsnet's Barry Davis that his shoulder infection has become "career threatening."

The infection developed around Litsch's surgical wound in March and has only gotten worse despite efforts (including a second procedure) to correct it. He's on the 60-day disabled list and remains out indefinitely. The 27-year-old has a 4.16 ERA in 88 career appearances.
Mon, May 21, 2012 10:59:00 AM

Blue Jays transferred RHP Jesse Litsch from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Saturday's starter Drew Hutchison. Litsch underwent surgery in early March to remove an infection from his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He's making progress, but there's no timetable for his return.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 11:15:00 PM

Jesse Litsch (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing.

Litsch required surgery in early-March to remove an infection from his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He has experienced improved range of motion in the shoulder, but there's no timetable for his return.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 05:08:00 PM

Blue Jays placed RHP Jesse Litsch on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26, with right shoulder tendinitis.

Litsch required surgery in early-March to remove an infection from his surgically-repaired right shoulder. It was estimated that he would need about 8-12 weeks to recover, so it's unlikely he'll be ready to join the Jays until sometime in May.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 04:17:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Monday that Jesse Litsch (shoulder) is likely out 8-12 weeks.

Litsch underwent a procedure this weekend to remove an infection from his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He won't be cleared to throw for at least six weeks, and may need a full month after that to get tuned up for major league action. The 29-year-old posted a 4.44 ERA and 66/28 K/BB ratio in 75 innings last season.
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 01:20:00 PM

Jesse Litsch will be sidelined six weeks after having surgery to clean out an infection caused by an injection in his right shoulder.

Litsch had the injection in hopes that it would calm down some inflammation. Assuming the inflammation is no longer an issue after the six weeks, the right-hander could be ready to join the Blue Jays bullpen sometime in April. The 29-year-old posted a 4.44 ERA and 66/28 K/BB ratio across 75 innings last season.
Sun, Mar 4, 2012 11:24:00 AM

Jesse Litsch has been shut down for the next seven days due to inflammation in his shoulder.

Litsch paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews on Monday and was recommended rest. If the situation doesn't improve after seven days off, the Jays will examine the issue further. Litsch, 29, posted a 4.44 ERA and 66/28 K/BB ratio across 75 innings last season.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 01:57:00 PM

Blue Jays and RHP Jesse Litsch avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $975,000 contract.

Listch was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. The 29-year-old earned $830,000 this past season while posting a 4.44 ERA and 66/28 K/BB ratio over 75 innings. He was more effective as a reliever and will likely find himself in the bullpen in 2012.
Mon, Dec 12, 2011 07:55:00 PM

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