Jason Marquis is in a rush to return
Jason Marquis began throwing this weekend and plans to throw off the mound tomorrow, a regimen so far that has convinced he may return far sooner than the six weeks originally laid out by the Nationals.
Marquis said his arm is "back to what it was" before he started experiencing the effects of bone chips in his right elbow. Marquis senses "late life" on his pitches and can get full extension with his arm.
While Marquis rehabs, he has been throwing at full strength. His condition can be made structurally worse, and so he believes the best way to progress is at full speed. If the pain returns, he reasoned, he will likely have to pursue surgery. The sooner he discovers either fate - full health regained or surgery required - the better.
"I'm trying to let it loose," Marquis said. "I'd rather find out sooner than later to make sure it doesn't reoccur. If it reoccurs, we'd have to check out other avenues and different ways. I don't think you get a true test until you let some balls loose.
"I push myself to the limit. I listen to my body. I know my body real well. Your body will tell you when to slow it down or when to push it. My theory is if I push it now and nothing happens, we're in a good position. If I push it now and it reoccurs, there's no more delayed and we know we have to explore other options."
While Marquis he'd like to return "tomorrow," the Nationals may have other, more conservative plans.
"Jason thinks he's ahead of schedule," General Manager Mike Rizzo said. "I don't know what medical school he went to. He's doing very well in his rehab. As he always is, he's so aggressive he's chomping at the bit to get out there and pitch."
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