DETROIT -- Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg was elated after working with right-hander Jesse Litsch in the bullpen on July 23. Litsch had been struggling for six weeks, but on that day, Arnsberg saw a breakthrough.
In the visitors' bullpen in Baltimore, Litsch had finally learned to throw the ball straight - more or less.
His fastball had always had a natural break. Sometimes it looked more like a slider. Lately, he could not control it.