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Jason Marquis ready to return three months after surgery

Aug 3, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

Jason Marquis tossed six innings of two-run ball in a rehab start last night at Triple-A and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com reports that he’s ready to rejoin the Nationals’ rotation following May elbow surgery.
Whether or not the Nationals are ready to welcome him back is another issue.
Marquis went 0-3 with a brutal 20.52 ERA before the surgery and the Nationals may not be ready to bump Craig Stanmen from the rotation quite yet if he pitches well tomorrow. And soon after that they’re hoping to get Stephen Strasburg back in the mix.
Marquis is making $7.5 million this season and is owed another $7.5 million next year, so as Goessling notes the Nationals aren’t going to keep him in the minors for a whole lot longer either way. He obviously has less than zero trade value at this point–and signing him never made any sense to me in the first place–but if healthy could potentially be counted on as a back-of-the-rotation starter in 2011.

  1. birdmancometh - Aug 3, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Waivers?

  2. Sumerduckman - Aug 3, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Nats probably had him packaged with Dunn, that’s why no one would bite.
    Then Rizzo tried stuffing him into Guzman’s carry-on, but the folks at Southwest busted the ruse at check in.

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