Jason Marquis to get surgery on elbow Friday
UPDATED | 7:05 p.m. Washington Nationals pitcher Jason Marquis said he has never undergone an operation to repair his arm as a result of throwing. So, in an effort to avoid surgery, he opted to join the 15-day disabled listed on April 19 because of bone chips in his right elbow.
But after a rehabilitation start on Tuesday, Marquis woke up with pain in his arm and will be forced to undergo an operation on Friday to remove any fragments from his elbow. Marquis could return within four to six weeks. Dr. Tim Kremchek will perform the operation.
General Manager Mike Rizzo said he did not regret the decision not to operate on Marquis sooner. "It was an agreement between the player and us," Rizzo said Wednesday after the Nationals' 6-4 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. "He felt he could pitch through it. We erred on his behalf to see if he could pitch through it. He's felt these things before and he has pitched through it. We want to do what's best for the player, and it was a mutual decision to let him pitch through it."
Rizzo added: "We think that once he gets it done, in four to six weeks, he'll be the old Jason Marquis again. And that's the guy we need here to help the rotation."
On Tuesday, Marquis threw 52 pitches in 3 2/3 innings with Class A Potomac, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out three, walking one and hitting a batter. He topped out at 88 miles per hour.
When he woke up on Wednesday there was pain in his elbow. "Elbow locked up this morning," Marquis said Wednesday in the clubhouse. "When I woke up, obviously, it was real stiff and painful."
Marquis said he thought the cold weather was what made it difficult for him to stay loose. Now, he said, he believes it was the up-and-down pace of pitching he was not accustomed to, and that his arm probably would have hurt Wednesday morning even if "it was 85 degrees and sunny."
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said he did not put much stock into the results from Marquis's start with Potomac. "It's stuff and really how does he look throwing the ball and how does it look coming out of his hand, is there any restrictions with the shoulder or elbow," Rizzo said. "The actual results don't matter."
The initial plan was for to Marquis to make perhaps two rehabilitation starts before rejoining the Nationals. Before Marquis, who signed a two-year, $15-million contact with the Nationals, offered a more grim timetable for his return, saying he wanted to do what was best for the organization and for himself.
Wearing a button-down shirt and jeans, Marquis visited with his Washington teammates before they took batting practice. He said he planned to visit the Nationals in New York on Wednesday regardless of how he felt after the start with Potomac. He arrived in the area around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
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