Blue Jays RHP Litsch to have season-ending surgery

Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch will have season-ending

surgery on his right hip next week and is expected to need four to

six months to recover.

Toronto placed Litsch on the 15-day disabled list Friday and

recalled left-hander Brad Mills from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his

spot in the rotation. Mills wall start Saturday at home to Tampa


It’s the second major injury in two seasons for Litsch, who had

elbow ligament surgery in 2009. He went 1-5 with a 5.79 ERA in nine

starts after returning to the Blue Jays in June.

In four seasons with Toronto, Litsch is 21-24 with a 4.10 ERA in

60 games.

Mills has made one start for Toronto this season, pitching seven

shutout innings against Baltimore on July 28 for his first major

league win.