Jason Marquis Likely Out for Season
Jason Marquis (Mark J. Rebilas/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted Aug 15, 2011


Jason Marquis, acquired on July 30 to provide depth at the back end of the Diamondbacks rotation, is likely lost for the season. The veteran right-hander fractured his right fibula when he was struck by a sharp one-hopper in the third inning of a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Jason Marquis endured the pain enough to pitch to five batters with the fracture before finally getting forced to leave when he heard a pop in his leg and collapsed on the mound after delivering an 0-2 pitch that hit Mets catcher Josh Thole.

"It was broken on the line drive. It just pretty much completed the break (on the pitch to Thole)," Marquis said. "I thought it was a deep bone bruise, which I've had before. Such a small bone. They can be fragile at times. Just hit me in the right spot. I try to have the mentality of guys I came up with. Do what it takes to get out there and pitch."

Manager Kirk Gibson said Marquis will be out "four to six weeks, at least."

Marquis, hit hard in his first two starts for the D-backs, pitched three scoreless innings Sunday before giving up a solo homer to Lucas Duda to open the fourth before coming out two batters later.

"Kudos to (Marquis)," right fielder Justin Upton said. "He wanted to be out there so badly that he didn't realize his leg was broken. Those are the type of guys you want to be around. Those are the type of guys you want in your clubhouse. I'd love to be out there battling with him."

Micah Owings (6-0 with a 2.62 ERA) was moved to the bullpen when Marquis was acquired, but Gibson said he not want to disrupt his bullpen by moving Owings back into the rotation at this time.

"To be honest with you, I like my bullpen the way it is. I have two guys down there with length," Gibson said of Owings and former starter Zach Duke.

The D-backs will need another starter for the second game of a three-game series at Atlanta on Saturday.  The most likely candidate is Barry Enright, who allowed just one run and three hits over seven innings in his Triple-A start Sunday.  Although Enright has struggled in the majors this season, he had considerable success last season.  With Reno, he is 8-4 with a stellar road ERA of 2.84.

SNAKE BYTES

--RHP Jason Marquis retired two of the first batters he faced while pitching on a fractured fibula Sunday -- he sustained the injury when he was struck by an Angel Pagan hard one-hopper in the third but did not leave until hitting Josh Thole with a pitch in the fourth. "The doctor said there wasn't any further damage done, which puts my mind at ease a little bit," said Marquis, who joined the D-backs on July 30 to bolster their rotation.

--1B/LF Xavier Nady, who sustained a fractured left hand when he was struck by a pitch in the second inning Friday, saw hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan on Saturday after being placed on the disabled list. Nady hopes to return this season. "I try to stay as optimistic as possible," said Nady, who had 35 RBI in 206 at-bats. "It's frustrating with the way the team is playing. Being out there is a lot of fun now. You want to be out there and contribute."

--RHP Micah Owings, displaced when RHP Jason Marquis arrived, does not appear to be the first candidate for the rotation opening. Owings, 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA, has made four spots but spent most of this time in the bullpen this season. "To be honest with you, I like my bullpen the way it is. I have two guys down there with length," manager Kirk Gibson said of Owings and former starter Zach Duke.

--1B Lyle Overbay popped out in his first at-bat Sunday after being signed Saturday to take Nady's roster spot. Overbay, drafted and signed by the D-backs in 1999, was added as a left-handed bat to complement rookie 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who has played 13 of 14 games games since being purchased from Double-A Mobile on August 1.

--SS Stephen Drew visited the clubhouse Saturday, his fractured right ankle in a calf-length cast and supported by a scooter, and spoke to the media for the first time since suffering his injury when his spikes caught as he slid into home plate July 20. Drew reset the ankle while lying at home plate. "I didn't want to go out of the game and have my foot at 180 degree angle," Drew said of the medical work. "It was just one of those things where reaction took over and I put it back in place. I felt it, but with the adrenaline your body kind of takes over. It wasn't as painful as it could have been without the adrenaline."

--10th round draft selection Kyle Winkler signed with the D-backs Sunday.  Winkler was ranked as the 43rd-best prospect in the draft by Scout.com, but he fell to the Diamondbacks in the 10th round due to an arm injury just prior to draft day. The 20-year-old right-hander was one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award and garnered third team Louisville Slugger All-American and first team Mountain West All-Conference accolades after going 8-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 14 games for Texas Christian University.

The dealine for teams to sign their draft picks is midnight on Monday, August 15.  At least 32 of the D-backs' 52 selections have signed, with the most notable exception being 7th overall pick Archie Bradley.  If Bradley elects not to sign, Arizona will not receive compensation in next year's draft.

DIAMOND STAT: 34 -- D-backs' comeback victories this season, the most in the National League.

QUOTABLE: "You hate to see your teammate go down, but the show goes on. We have to continue to play." -- RF Justin Upton, whose team lost Xavier Nady and Jason Marquis in a weekend series against the Mets.


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