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Jason Marquis has a broken leg, is lost for the season

Aug 15, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

Jason Marquis

If you missed it yesterday, Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis broke his fibula on a comebacker during the Dbacks-Mets game. He’s done for the year.

Crazy thing: he broke it on an Angel Pagan line drive in the third inning. But he stayed in the game, finished the inning and then pitched to two batters — giving up a homer to Lucas Duda and retiring Jason Baybefore falling down to the ground while throwing a pitch to Josh Thole in the fourth. The pitch hit Thole, and Marquis was pulled.  Did the adrenaline wear off, or did Marquis exacerbate the injury by staying in?  I suppose those things aren’t mutually-exclusive.

Losing Marquis is tough. No, not because he’s been great or anything — he certainly hasn’t — but because his potential replacements aren’t any better. Zach Duke, who finished yesterday’s game and got the win, is the most likely candidate, and he’s sporting a 5.05 ERA in swingman duties this year. Micah Owings is another, but he’s not a guy you want starting games in a pennant race.

I assume that Kevin Towers does not believe that nine innings of Single-A experience is enough for this year’s first round draft pick Trevor Bauer, but that would be pretty fun to watch. If you doubt that, check out this really well-timed article in SI about Bauer. After reading it you’ll want to see him ASAP yourself.

Anyway, bye-bye Marquis.

  1. thefalcon123 - Aug 15, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Is it just me, or does it look like Marquis is having sympathy pains? He collapses and grabs the part of the leg that was hit by the pitch.

  2. dodger88 - Aug 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Jeff Sullivan of SB Nation joked that Marquis and Thole must be twins and feel each other’s pain.

  3. Alex K - Aug 15, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    As a guy that has a bruise on his leg 2 years after getting hit in the shin with a softball while pitching I feel Marquis pain. That shit hurts.

  4. 78mu - Aug 15, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Now he has something in common with Bob Gibson besides having pitched for the Cardinals. Of course Roberto Clemente hit the line drive off Gibson’s leg and even squinting as hard as I can Angel Pagan does not look like Clemente.

    Here’s hoping he can bounce back as well as Gibson did and has a lot of good years left in baseball.

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