Jason Marquis 'back to where I need to be'
Jason Marquis overcame a disastrous start and pitched five innings in his latest rehab start at Class AAA Syracuse, allowing four runs - the first four batters of the game - in five innings while striking out seven and throwing 72 pitches.
"I felt like I was back to where I need to be," Marquis said. "I'm over the physical side of the recovery process. No pain so far. Now it's back to getting my delivery right and making pitches and getting guys out.''
The first four batters of the game went like this: walk, infield single, hit by pitch, grand slam. The fifth batter crushed a line drive off Marquis's left ankle, knocking him to the ground.
Marquis actually called the line drive "a blessing in disguise." While throwing a bullpen after his last rehab start with Class AA Harrisburg, Marquis made an adjustment. He stopped opening his front hip too early in his delivery, which allowed him to throw with his usual velocity.
"I was real excited about the adjustment," Marquis said. "I felt real good playing catch, even in the bullpen before the game today. I think the first few hitters I was really excited. I finally felt like I was back to being Jason Marquis physically and with my delivery. And I was almost trying to do too much.
"Not that I want to get hit in the ankle, but it was almost a blessing in disguise. It slowed me down and allowed me to bear down and focus on making pitches. The pain took away every other thought."
Marquis retired 14 of the 15 hitters faced, striking out seven of them. He could be ready to return to Washington, although the only open spot would likely be Sunday, just three days' rest, if and when Stephen Strasburg is passed over. On Sunday, Ross Detwiler made his return from minor league rehab on three days' rest.
Big thanks to my man Mike Waters of The Post-Standard in Syracuse for passing along the great info.
July 28, 2010; 11:16 PM ET
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