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Jason Marquis out for six weeks

The Nationals learned today that starting pitcher Jason Marquis will miss six weeks with "loose bodies and inflammation" in right elbow, a diagnosis confirmed today by a second opinion from physician Tim Kremcheck in Cincinnati.

Marquis received a cortisone shot and will resume throwing in seven to 10 days. Marquis, who went 0-3 with a 20.52 ERA in his first three starts with the Nationals, is scheduled to return at about the same time as Chien-Mien Wang, the Nationals' other starting pitcher signed through free agency this past offseason, is scheduled to begin pitching again after recovering from his own injury.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 22, 2010; 8:02 PM ET
Categories:  Chien-Ming Wang , Jason Marquis , Pitching rotation  
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That's it for Marquis. He now joins Detwiler, Wang, and Jordan Zimmmermann on the injury recuperation rehabiliation trail.

Posted by: periculum | April 22, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Worst. Signing. Ever.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | April 22, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

No, I don't think we're near Brian Lawrence territory, nevermind Wily Mo Pena Land.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 22, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

altho, Lawrence wasn't a free agent, not that I think of it...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 22, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

*now* that I think of it

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 22, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Look on the bright side, now we have four potentially good starting pitchers waiting to rehab from injuries.

Posted by: luxetveritas | April 22, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Worst. Signing. Ever.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | April 22, 2010 8:52 PM

Who would you have signed instead? Nobody? Cause the Lerners are good at signing nobody.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 22, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Are we sure that it was Edinson Volquez using steroids and not Jason Marquis?

Posted by: ImWithStupid | April 22, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'll admit I don't know bupkis about ortho, but I have a hard time believing you can have "floating bodies" in your elbow and ever resume pitching without doing something about it. Sounds like "we'll try 6 weeks of rest before we cut him open."

I say get it over with and chop his arm off.

Posted by: Section406 | April 23, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

He's not hurt. When you pay a guy his money, you can't just send him to the minors to get his game back. You have to pretend there is an injury, and then send him down for rehab starts. It was obvious when he stunk up the joint this was the road they would take.

Posted by: oldwiseman | April 23, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love the comment by Section406!!

Posted by: Pete433 | April 23, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

@oldwiseman: IAWTP.

And if he really is injured, it's likely he's been hurting since the beginning of the spring if not last season, so all that stuff about throwing after the game and "pounding the strike zone" was BS. And a few weeks of rest won't help.

Can't have it both ways.

Posted by: Meridian1 | April 23, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Craig Stammen pitched all of last year with "floating bodies" in his pitching elbow.

I'm looking forward to seeing Atilano pitch tonight. He's a former first round pick. His game is similar to Stammen's but he probably throws just a little harder. He's done well at AAA this year. His fastball is low 90s. His out pitch is a sinking fastball, two seamer and he has very good control.

As it relates to Marquis, they can't fake injuries. They have to be vetted by the league and the MLBPA. Neither Marquis nor Livan should have been signed this year.

The Nationals have a lot of young pitching prospects, they should have gone with them. If they needed veteran presence, they should have hired another coach.

Posted by: jeffreyt21 | April 23, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm with the "pretend injury" crowd. Rizzo and the brass need some kind of excuse for signing a guy who can't pitch for millions.

Posted by: JohnRDC | April 23, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh he's injured - he's lost all kinds of velocity for those not paying attention. Cortisone is the last gasp effort before surgery. Once you cut the elbow open, you're out for the year. If he gets a shot, he won't do anything but make it worse because the only thing that'll get rid of chips is surgery. There's some dumb people around thinking this injury is phony. He's thrown too many innings, and they knew that before they even signed him.

Posted by: Brue | April 23, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Dunno about Marquis being the worst signing ever. I thought Cabrera held the title. Of course, he came in a lot cheaper. We'll have to see what happens with Marquis a few weeks from now.

Posted by: gilbertbp | April 23, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Dude whats with all of you griping about Marquis?

I mean there just werent that many damn free agent options last year and at least we signed someone. No one thought he was going to be this bad, I mean on history alone Marquis has been a average innings eater type pitcher. someone who will win you 12-15 games.

Its not like this is some killer contract either, I mean two year for 15 million is something that can be survived. This is not Alfonso Soriano here....and who knows, maybe Marquis comes back and pitches effectively..tis a long season.

I think he will turn out to be an okay number 3/4 man next year.


Posted by: Cartaldo | April 23, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

This is a piece of bad luck, although I take it as a more hopeful sign than what I was thinking last week, that Jason Marquis really WAS that bad. Maybe he'll turn out to be good when we go down the stretch.

Remember, it is a VERY long season. If we can just hold our heads above water (which we have done surprisingly nicely so far) until June when our kids come up and some of our starters heal, we just might be OK or better than OK even THIS year.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | April 23, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Some people just like to complain about anything. The Nats signed a guy who seemed to be very durable and could help the young staff. You can't blame them if the guy gets hurt. Maybe he will be able to come back and give some good innings this year.....

Go Nats!!!

Posted by: punchdaclock | April 23, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

First of all, a lot of teams wanted Marquis who was on the all star team last season. Now as to the astute observer who opined that we should never have signed Livan either, clearly you have missed most of this season because he currently leads the NL with the lowest ERA.

Posted by: chopin224 | April 23, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"the only thing that'll get rid of chips is surgery"

That's my point. Everyone knows a cortisone shot is a temporary band-aid at best.

So if it's bone chips, why not do the surgery now?

Answer: it's not bone chips. Marquis, simply put, is done.

Posted by: JohnRDC | April 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

>Now as to the astute observer who opined that we should never have signed Livan either, clearly you have missed most of this season because he currently leads the NL with the lowest ERA.

Posted by: chopin224

Yeah the key with him seems like the raquetball routine he had in the offseason, got his legs so much stronger and his fastball has so much more bite on it. Gives him even more of a luxury to dawdle with the slow stuff.

Posted by: Brue | April 23, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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