Jason Marquis ready to return three months after surgery

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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.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.