Jason Marquis Fractures Leg; Out 4-6 Weeks

While the Diamondbacks were able to sweep the Mets and collect their 6th straight win Sunday, the club lost starting pitcher Jason Marquis.  Marquis was diagnosed with a fractured right fibula and is likely to spend 4 to 6 weeks on the disabled list.

It all started for Marquis in the third inning, when he was hit in the leg by a comebacker off the bat of Angel Pagan.  The right hander believed the result to be only a normal bruise and thought that he could continue pitching.

After making it into the fourth inning, Marquis was only able to record one out before the injury intensified.  He hit the second batter of the inning and in the process did more damage to his leg.

“Obviously, on that last pitch to Thole, pushing off, I just felt something pop,” Marquis said. “The doctor was saying he believes the bone in my leg broke on the line drive … He said [pushing off] pretty much completed the fibula break, so it is what it is.”

Marquis went down, holding his right lower leg immediately after the pitch and had to be helped off by Arizona’s training staff.

Arizona added Marquis in a July trade, and the 32 year old was making his third start for the club.  Things hadn’t gone very smoothly for Marquis since he joined the Diamondbacks, as he allowed 11 earned runs over his first two starts spanning only 8 innings.

Arizona hasn’t yet announced who will replace Marquis in their rotation, but they are expected to choose from veterans Micah Owings and Zach Duke or one of their Minor League arms.

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Tags: Angel Pagan Arizona Diamondbacks Jason Marquis Micah Owings New York Mets Zach Duke

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