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.

Eric Thames leaves game with apparent injury

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Brewers first baseman Eric Thames left Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Reds in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent injury. Thames took his position to start the inning, but was replaced by Jesus Aguilar. Thames had flied out weakly to center field to end the previous inning, so perhaps something happened while he ran that out.

The Brewers should provide an update shortly on the exact nature of Thames’ early exit. Needless to say, losing Thames to the disabled list would be a huge blow to the 11-11 Brewers, as he entered Wednesday leading all of baseball in runs (25), home runs (11), slugging percentage (.929), and OPS (1.411). Thames was 1-for-3 with a single, a pair of walks, and two runs scored before leaving.

Mariners place Felix Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list

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The Mariners have placed starter Felix Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder, Jon Morosi reports. He’s expected to miss two to three weeks as opposed to the minimum 10 days.

Hernandez lasted only two innings in Tuesday’s start and was described as dealing with a “dead arm.” The right-hander, through five starts, has a 4.73 ERA with a 22/3 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. The now 31-year-old has not quite been the same pitcher since 2014, when he led the American League in ERA. The Mariners are certainly hoping they get their old All-Star back soon.

Chase De Jong will fill in for Hernandez on Sunday. If he pitches well, he may earn some more starts while Hernandez is out.