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Marquis to DL, Atilano to replace

Apr 22, 2010, 2:53 AM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jason Marquis has been placed on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury.

[UPDATED AT 11:32 P.M.]

The Nationals have placed Jason Marquis on the 15-day disabled list after an enhanced MRI revealed "floating bodies" in his right elbow, general manager Mike Rizzo said.

Marquis, who was battered around in his first three starts with Washington, posting an 0-3 record and 20.52 ERA, told team officials this morning he was experiencing elbow pain and was unable to fully extend his throwing arm. An arthrogram (an enhanced MRI in which dye is injected in the patient to help doctors detect abnormalities) revealed the loose bodies in his elbow. He'll get a second opinion tomorrow from orthopedist Tim Kremcheck in Cincinnati, but the Nats didn't waste any time placing him on the DL.

Rizzo said the club will promote a starter from Class AAA Syracuse to take Marquis' rotation spot and pitch Friday night against the Dodgers. Right-hander Luis Atilano, who is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA for the Chiefs, last pitched on Sunday and would line up perfectly to make his big-league debut Friday.

Atilano, a 24-year-old right-hander from Puerto Rico, was acquired by the Nationals in 2006 from the Braves in exchange for veteran first baseman Daryle Ward. Still recovering from Tommy John surgery at the time, Atilano returned strong in 2008 and then worked his way up the Nats' farm system, impressing club officials out of the bullpen thisRead more »

  1. randomdude2228 - Apr 22, 2010 at 3:00 AM

    floating bodies… they need better excuses next time.

  2. Souldrummer - Apr 22, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    Mark, this is the best report I've found on this issue. You're a one man gang trumping a lot of the coverage on this issue. What really separates the coverage here is the background on Atilano, with experienced research that helps me understand why my man JD Martin is passed over for this opportunity.

  3. P - Apr 22, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    Souldrummer-JD Martin sucks, that's why.

  4. David - Apr 22, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Atilano is a lot like JD Martin, or Stammen for that matter, not going to walk too many, but not going to hit the high 90s on the gun.

  5. Doc - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    There is probably more to Marquis' problems than bone chips. But even if that is the bigger concern, how come the physical didn't pick it up before he signed? The "floating bodies" didn't just happen last Sunday.

  6. Pete - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    The problem with Marquis is that he sucks.

  7. Tuna - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Amazing how many free agents come up hurt after signing a big contract. I hope the nats insuredhis.





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