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Litsch to have Tommy John surgery

Updated: June 9, 2009, 6:44 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Toronto Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season, a major blow to a team trying to keep pace in the competitive AL East.

Toronto is already missing starting right-handers Dustin McGowan and Shaun Marcum, and now will lose Litsch for the rest of this season and up to two months next season.

Manager Cito Gaston made the announcement Tuesday before the Blue Jays played the Texas Rangers.

Litsch went on the disabled ...

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