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Marquis will have elbow surgery Friday [updated]

A day after a rehab start for Class A Potomac, Nationals right-hander Jason Marquis announced that he was not pain-free and will have surgery to remove spurs and bone chips in his right elbow.

Marquis will have the surgery Friday in Cincinnati. Dr. Tim Kremchek will perform the procedure. 

Once he has the surgery, Marquis is expected  to be back on the mound sometime in August. Marquis said when he woke up Wednesday morning, he realized that his elbow was in pain and had locked up on him.

“We have to see where we go from here and talk it over with the team, my agent and my family — see what the best plan is,” he said. “I let my teammates down, but they are doing a great job. We have a lot of quality guys in here. Hopefully I could come back in August and contribute.”

Marquis signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Washington this past offseason. He got off to a slow start, allowing 19 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings. The Nats began to believe that something was wrong with Marquis on April 18, when he didn’t record an out and allowed seven earned runs against the Brewers.

A few days later, Marquis had an MRI and it was revealed that he had bone chips and spurs in the elbow. Marquis tried to avoid surgery. He was able to play catch and have bullpen sessions without any problems.

“It was an agreement between the player and us,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “He felt that he could pitch through it. He felt these things before and has pitch through it. We wanted to do what was best for the player. It was a mutual decision to try to let him pitch through it. It didn’t work, so it set us back for about three weeks.  

Marquis acknowledged that he didn’t feel comfortable in his rehab start for Potomac on Tuesday. He allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings in an 8-5 loss to Winston-Salem. Marquis threw 54 pitches, 36 for strikes. His fastball was clocked at 88 mph, which concerned the team. 

“It was cold; it was tough to stay loose,” Marquis said. “So I thought it was — maybe more than anything — why the elbow was a little stiff. I tried to stay warm and do everything that I could. Now realizing what my arm feels like this morning, if it was 85 degrees and sunny, I think it would probably be the same thing.”

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.

Marquis placed on DL with elbow soreness

The Nationals placed right-hander Jason Marquis on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with bone chips in his right elbow.

The team will recall right-hander Luis Atilano from Triple-A Syracuse after Thursday’s game, and he will make his Major League debut against the Dodgers the following day at Nationals Park.

The news comes three days after Marquis became the first starter in Nationals history to not record an out in a game. 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.”

After Sunday’s game, Marquis insisted that he wasn’t injured. Even manager Jim Riggleman wondered if something was wrong.

“It’s an embarrassment, what I’m doing out there right now,” Marquis said on Sunday. “I have to find that answer quick. It’s just not happening right now. I don’t think there is anything behind the ball. I don’t feel any power, any feel of a release point to get the ball where I want it right now. I have to find a way to get it done. I don’t think my delivery is where I want it to be. I have no excuses. I just want to get it done. That’s all it comes down to.”

Marquis threw bullpen sessions the two days following his previous start, but his elbow became stiff by Tuesday night. Marquis informed the team Wednesday morning and had an MRI and an arthrogram. Marquis will see Dr. Tim Kremchek, the Reds’ medical director, for a second opinion.

“The trainer took a look at it and called our team doctor, and we got him in to get an MRI,” Rizzo said. “It showed there are some floating bodies in the elbow. We are going to get a second opinion.”

Atilano, 24, has pitched in two games for Triple-A Syracuse, and has given up two runs in 11 innings for the Chiefs. He was acquired from the Braves in 2006 for first baseman Daryle Ward. At the time of the trade, Atilano was recovering from elbow reconstruction, but he went a combined 9-8 with a 4.01 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse last season.

Nats allow 10 runs in first inning

A day after right-hander Livan Hernandez pitched a shutout, the Nationals found themselves behind, 10-0, after one-half inning against the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

Washington right-hander Jason Marquis faced seven hitters and didn’t record an out as he gave up seven runs on four hits.

Marquis became the first starter in Nationals history to not record an out in a game. 
 
Reliever Miguel Batista didn’t fare any better as he gave up a grand slam to Craig Counsell to give the Brewers a 10-0 lead. It was Counsell’s third career grand slam.                  

Marquis has nice ending to Spring Training

Right-hander Jason Marquis pitched his final game of the spring, giving up three runs in five innings as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 9-3, on Thursday afternoon.

Marquis struck out four batters, walked none and had 10 groundball outs, proving that his sinkerball was working.

Although he ends the spring with a 9.15 ERA, Marquis said he felt comfortable in his last two outings than he did earlier in the spring. During his first four outings, Marquis allowed 16 runs in 10 innings.

“It’s a step in the right direction. The last two times, I felt comfortable on the mound,” Marquis said. “I fell behind a few hitters, but I was able to work out of a few jams and keep the ball on the ground for the most part.” 

Marquis’ next start will be against the Phillies, the National League Champions, on April 7. He has faced them 19 times and is 5-3 with a 4.38 ERA during his career.

“They have a great lineup. They made a few additions,” he said. “We are going to sit down, come up with a game plan, watch film and go from there. I’ll try to execute as many pitches as possible and try to get outs.”

Riggleman names four pitchers for rotation [updated]

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman named four members of his rotation Monday. He said John Lannan, Jason Marquis, Craig Stammen and Livan Hernandez will be the four pitchers in that order. 

The order of the rotation was first reported by MLB.com on Sunday. 

Lannan will be the Opening Day starter against the Phillies on April 5 at Nationals Park. Marquis, Stammen and Hernandez will soon follow.

“I know they can pitch,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. “We are not going to be the 96 mile an hour, jet blowing, No 1. Type starters who are 6-foot-6, but we have guys who sink the ball.

“When you have guys who can throw it up there and have some sink, throw strikes, mix in their off-speed pitches and compete, you know you have a good chance. Yes, I’m happy with [the rotation].”

Of the four starters named, Stammen and Hernandez appeared to be longs shots when Spring Training began. 

Stammen had bone ships removed from his right elbow last September and it appeared he would start the season in the bullpen or be sent down to the Minor Leagues. It turned out he was the second-best pitcher behind Stephen Strasburg. Stammen allowed five earned runs in 14 1/3 innings and struck out 10 batters.  

“The spring has gone well, so far,” Stammen said. “I came in healthy. My arm has felt really good the whole time. I had some success on the mound. Some of the hard work has paid off, but what you do in the spring doesn’t matter. All this stuff gets thrown out when the season starts. So I have to continue the success in April.”

Hernandez didn’t come into camp until late February and had to get into pitching shape. His first start wasn’t until March 14, but the late start didn’t hurt him as he allowed two earned runs in eight innings. 
      
“I feel really happy. I worked hard since I came to Spring Training,” Hernandez said. “I came to Spring Training knowing I could still pitch and help the team win.”                  
                  
The team must decide on who the fifth starter will be. Garrett Mock, Scott Olsen and J.D. Martin are competing for the final spot.

Not long ago, Mock was considered part of the rotation, but he has given up five runs in his last nine innings. That’s not including the disappointing outing last week against the Minor League Astros in which he gave up three home runs.

Olsen knew Sunday was his last chance to prove to the Nationals that he should be in the rotation. It turned out Olsen made the team’s decision even tougher in a 9-3 victory over the Braves. 

Olsen pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on seven hits. He struck out four and walked none. It was Olsen’s best outing of the spring.

As for Martin, he gave up five runs in five innings against the Tigers last Thursday. The first inning was Martin’s only bad inning as he blanked Detroit in the next four frames.

The last time Martin pitched in a big-league game prior to that game was March 10 against the Cardinals. Rainouts and too many pitchers in camp were the reasons Martin didn’t see action until Thursday.

But it wasn’t like Martin was rusty. He pitched in simulated games and on the Minor League field.

Nats continue to have pitching problems

The Nationals continue to have problems on the mound after an 11-2 loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Washington’s ERA is now at 7.92 and the staff has walked 61 batters in 119 1/3 innings. 

Right-hander Jason Marquis started for Washington and had nothing in the tank, allowing eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, while walking four batters. Marquis said he didn’t have a feel for any of his pitches and declined to give excuses for his less-than-stellar performance.

The last time he pitched in an exhibition game was March 7 against the Mets, but he pitched in a simulated game last Friday at Space Coast Stadium. A rainout that day prevented him from facing the Yankees.   
       
“We have to go back to the drawing board and try to feel comfortable with the baseball,” Marquis said.  “I have an idea what I want to work on. So all you do is work, work and keep working until you get the feel of what you want and see what happens.”

Marquis wasn’t the only Nationals pitcher having problems Wednesday. Right-hander Matt Capps, Drew Storen and Tyler Walker continue to struggle, allowing a combined three runs in three innings. What’s the problem? They can’t seem to throw first-pitch strikes and the opposing hitters has the advantage at the plate.
   
“Today, I don’t know if we ever threw a first-pitch strike,” manager Jim Riggleman said. “It’s just a reminder to our guys that we have to get ahead in the count. Today, we didn’t do it.”

So how to the Nationals fix their control problems as they get closer to Opening Day?

“A lot of the guys [who are going through control problems] are not going to be with us,” Riggleman said. “But, as we narrow things down, if that were to continue, it would be a concern. But I don’t think that is going to continue.”

Storen overlooked; Lannan pitching Saturday

Right-hander Drew Storen is considered one of the top prospects in the Nationals organization, but he has been overshadowed by his teammate, right-hander Stephen Strasburg, this spring.  

That’s OK, said Storen, because Strasburg deserves the publicity after what he has accomplished in the last year. Strasburg went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 starts at San Diego State University en route to being named the 2009 Golden Spikes Award winner. He struck out 195 and issued just 19 walks in 109 innings.

“I love it. I think it’s awesome. He 100 percent deserves the publicity,” said Storen, who was also a first round pick. “I’m just taking a back seat to it all. The Nationals haven’t received all this attention in the last couple of years. I think Stephen is going to be a big help. I don’t deserve the same attention. I’m not as good as he is.”

But good enough. Storen had a great first season in professional baseball, saving a combined 11 games with a 1.95 ERA for Class A Hagerstown and Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.  It earned Storen a Spring Training invitation, but it’s more than likely that Storen will start the season in the Minor Leagues. Storen understands the team doesn’t want to rush him to the big leagues.

“I’m looking at the big picture,” Storen said. “I want to be a guy that helps this team win. I don’t want to be there for a cup of coffee. In the end, I want to have a career in the big leagues.”

*Storen has been going through the windup during live batting practice sessions in order to give the hitters a different look. This unusual because relievers go through the stretch when they are pitching in the late innings. Storen started doing the windup by watching Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren.

“I watched how Haren has that pause,” Storen said “Obviously, timing is big for hitters and [look to] can change their timing up and always keep them uncomfortable. If I can do that with my stuff and my motion, that is going to help me out.”              

* Catcher Jesus Flores will throw from 90 feet the next couple days. If all goes well, Flores hopes to start taking batting practice later in the week.

* Left-hander John Lannan will pitch against the Mets on Saturday at Space Coast Stadium, while right-hander Jason Marquis will throw against the same team the next day at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

* Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the television home of the Nationals, will televise Strasburg’s first spring training appearance on March 9th at 1 p.m.ET on MASN and MASN HD from Space Coast Stadium.

Strasburg is expected to pitch two innings for the Washington, but MASN will televise the entire game.

Lannan happy Marquis joined Nationals

Left-hander John Lannan is one person who is pleased the Nationals signed right-hander Jason Marquis to a two-year, $15 million contract last week. Lannan is expected to learn a lot from the 10-year veteran.

Last year, there wasn’t a veteran in the rotation to learn from until late August, when Livan Hernandez joined the team. Lannan, 25, was Washington’s No. 1 starter, and he wasn’t bad in that role, going 9-13 with a 3.88 ERA and two complete games.

Now Marquis will take over the top spot in the rotation, while Lannan drops down to No. 2. Marquis will help a pitching staff that finished 16th in the National League in ERA [5.00]. 

“Having Jason helps a lot because he had a great season in 2009,” Lannan said. “He has been on winning teams. He also knows how to win. I guess it’s kind of contagious on the teams he was on. Hopefully he keeps on going with that. He has learned from great pitchers.

“I actually talked to him in the middle of the season. He is from Staten Island and he stayed in Staten Island. It shows a lot of dedication. He is very grounded. It’s something we need. When Jason comes in, I’m sure I’m going to learn from him.”

Lannan said he never felt pressured being the No. 1 starter  in Washington’s rotation this past season. He knew he had a lot to learn in that role.

“I knew my role and we didn’t have the big-name guys [in the rotation],” Lannan said. “It was definitely a learning experience. I wouldn’t  have it any other way. I’m glad I was given opportunities to be in that that position. Every year I’m trying to learn. When Jason comes I’m going to learn from him.”     

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