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Jason Marquis throws 65 pitches in rehab start

In his second rehab start since undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in mid-May, Jason Marquis allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings Friday night for Class AA Harrisburg in Portland, Maine. Marquis gave up five hits and a walk while striking out five on 65 pitches, 38 of them strikes.

Marquis emerged feeling confident in his recovery. He said he will need at least one more rehab start before returning to the Nationals to make his first major league start since April.

"Physically, I feel fine," Marquis said. "I was trying to build up my pitch count. I could have gone a lot longer, which was a good sign. Everything feels pretty good."

Big thanks to my man Dan Hickling of the Biddeford Journal Tribune for passing along the information.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 24, 2010; 12:37 AM ET
Categories:  Jason Marquis , minors & farm system  
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why link a twitter account that hasnt been active for over a year?

Posted by: formerlylove1 | July 24, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

What kind of reporting is this? The guy has an ERA of over 8, can't make it out of the fourth, and he's trying to claim that he's one more start away from jumping from AA back to DC. How about some analysis to counter that quote from Marquis?

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | July 24, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Three runs in 3.5 innings. I'd say Jason fits right in. Yeah Mr. Rizzo the pitching will come to us.

This joke just continues to get funnier and funnier. Of course StanK will pontificate on TEM that the Nats are real close. No StanK the Caps are real close, the Nats ain't.

BTW add another year of Gentlemen "double switch" Jim and you got a recipe for 5 consecutive basement finishes.

The Florida Marlins with absolutely no payroll, one serviceable pitcher and an allstar short stop are .500

The Nats with two serviceablde pitchers, 3 legitimate wall-bangers, a HOF catcher are mired in muck becuase as Rizzo says they "under achieve". Whats wrong with this picture?

Posted by: TippyCanoe | July 24, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

What's with all the crankiness? I am not sure whether Riggleman is the answer, or Marquis will ever be decent for the Nats...but the pitching pipeline is most certainly in very good shape.

A rotation of Strasburg-Zimmermann-Detwiler plus two other from the pool of 10 deep choices will certainly be a strength for the next 5 years.

So, the question remains, how do they improve the defense without making the offense worse? And how does that play into the Dunn situation?

My opinion: The Dunn situation, however it plays out, will determine the next 4 years at Nats park either way.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | July 24, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

So Marquis held he Portland Sea Dogs to a .333 batting average over 3+ innings, and is just about ready to help out the big league club?

TippyCanoe, I think you are dead on.
No reason to say much more.

Posted by: Sunderland | July 24, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Marquis started his rehab 7/18 - IIRC, the team has about 30 days to bring him back, per the CBA. I don't care what Marquis (or his agent, for that matter) says; Let him spend the entire period allowed getting his arm strength / leg drive back in the minors before trotting him back out in DC. A mid-August return just gives the team another arm to deploy at the back-end of the rotation.

Posted by: BinM | July 24, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice if Marquis can do something quickly, so he can be traded befor the deadline...he was and is only a place holder for what is hopefully coming along.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 24, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Right on BinM. Remember when Olsen's agent saif Olsen would be ready by July 22? Rizzo and company obviously paid that little heed. So when Marquis says he'll need at least one more rehab start, he ain't lying. It'll be more like 3 or 4 more rehab starts before they bring him back.
Between Marquis and Zimmermann, we at least havea way of dealing with the Strasburg shut down.

Posted by: Sunderland | July 24, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Tippy:
One thing that FLA has avoided this year is injuries - Their core has been intact nearly all season, save a backup catcher or two, and the 'musical chair' situation at 3B.
Saying they have just "one servicable pitcher & an All-star shortstop" is selling them short just to make a point, imo.

Posted by: BinM | July 24, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I was at the ball park for that 10 run 0 out monstrosity, and the name Marquis fills me with dread. Nor do his minor league stats allieviate said dread.

Posted by: NatsFly | July 24, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Since Detwiler is the probable replacement for Atilano on Sunday, I'm going to try 'gazing into the future' and try to gauge the other returns / callups.

Jordan Zimmermann (SP) - Back in DC August 1st, but probably in a relief role.
Tyler Walker (RP) - Might not happen; May catch a DFA instead.
Scott Olsen (LHSP) - Back in DC August 8th.
Jason Marquis (SP) - Back in DC August 18th.
Chien-Ming Wang (SP) - Up to DC September 1st, but inactive until 2011.
John Lannan (LHSP) - Back in DC September 8th.
Matt Chico (LHSP) - Back in DC September 8th, probably in relief role.
Garrett Mock (SP) - Might not happen - Likely non-tender in off-season.

Posted by: BinM | July 24, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Oops, forgot one other possible...
Yuniesky Maya (nrSP) - Purchased September 1st, probably in a relief role.

Posted by: BinM | July 24, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Jordan Zimmermann (SP) - Back in DC August 1st, but probably in a relief role.
Yunieski Maya (SP) - This guy could be a cheaper and younger Oswalt/Haren. Have to put him in the rotation to see what he looks like ... just as with Detwiler. They have plenty of relievers ... more every day it seems (see Chico). But he has to start in the minors to ensure he isn't a Chapman. But from the looks of his mechanics in that video ... no way ... he may actually be the real deal.
Tyler Walker (RP) - Might not happen; May catch a DFA instead.
Scott Olsen (LHSP) - Back in DC August 8th. If he's healthy they have to look at this guy to see if he can be a left handed #3,#4 starter.
Jason Marquis (RP/SP) - Back in DC August 18th. Use every possible means to avoid bring him up. He wouldn't even make a good innings eater at this point the way he has been pitching since last year.
Chien-Ming Wang (SP) - Up to DC September 1st, but inactive until 2011. He's highly unlikely. Its why they signed Maya.
John Lannan (LHSP) - No way he stays in the minors the way he is pitching.
Matt Chico (LHSP) - Back in DC September 8th, probably in relief role. He needs to do the Bally thing I think.
Garrett Mock (SP) - Might not happen - Likely non-tender in off-season.

Posted by: periculum | July 24, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Jordan Zimmermann (SP) - Back in DC August 1st, definitely as a starter"

Zimmermann is definitely going to get stretched out to start. He's Stras's replacement when they shut him down.

Posted by: periculum | July 24, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

John Lannan (LHSP) - No way, (the comma is important), he stays in the minors the way he is pitching. Convert to long relief, innings eater, mop up.

Posted by: periculum | July 24, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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