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Jason Marquis to build up arm strength in minors after time away from Twins to be with injured daughter

Apr 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Jason Marquis was away from Twins camp for two weeks to be with his family after his seven-year-old daughter was hospitalized following a bicycling accident.

He’s back with the team now–and she’s recovering well from significant injuries, thankfully–but because Marquis wasn’t able to stay on his usual throwing program to build up his pitch count the Twins will skip his turn in the rotation at least once.

In the meantime the 33-year-old veteran will be optioned to the minors, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who speculates that Marquis will make “a couple starts before rejoining the Twins.”

Marquis, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Twins as a free agent this offseason, will have a rotation spot waiting for him as soon as he gets stretched out.

  1. skids003 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Glad to know she will be OK. Good story, more of the kind we need. Good luck Jason and family.

  2. cardsfanindenver - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I’ve been a critic of Jason’s from way back in his time with the Cardinals, but I’ll never think of him in a negative way again. Best wishes to him and most especially his daughter. What an amazing kid.

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