No surgery for Marquis; Bergmann placed on waivers

A day after learning that he has bone chips and inflammation in his right elbow, Nationals right-hander Jason Marquis found out that he will not need surgery. 

The news comes after Marquis flew to Cincinnati on Thursday to get a second opinion from Dr. Tim Kremchek, the Reds’ medical director.    

Marquis, who was given a cortisone shot, will not throw for seven to 10 days and then begin a throwing program soon thereafter. The Nationals are hoping that Marquis will be back on the mound in four to six weeks. 

The elbow injury may explain Marquis’ performance Sunday. He gave up seven runs and became the first starter in Nationals history to not record an out. Marquis threw 28 pitches, 13 strikes, in that tough start, and he has given up 19 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings for Washington this season.

“It’s hard to pitch with [bone chips] in the elbow,” said general manager Mike Rizzo. “He was probably trying to gut it out. In my opinion, [the injury] probably has something to do with his poor performance.”

Marquis threw bullpen sessions the two days following his last start, but his elbow became stiff by Tuesday night. Marquis informed the team Wednesday morning and had an MRI and an arthrogram. 

In other news, right-hander Jason Bergmann is currently on waivers. He could be outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse, become a free agent or taken by another team by Friday.

Last Thursday, the Nationals designated Bergmann for assignment. He had been inconsistent during his five years with Nationals. He was 12-24 with a 5.04 ERA in 155 games. This season, Bergmann gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings.

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