Marquis back, but will join Twins later

The righthander spent two weeks in New York tending to his injured daughter. The club hopes he'll be ready for the rotation by mid-April.


Jason Marquis, shown earlier in spring training, rejoined the team on Tuesday.

Photo: Charles Krupa, Associated Press - Ap

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

FORT MYERS, FLA. - Righthander Jason Marquis will not start the season with the major league club. He has missed two weeks of spring training waiting for his 7-year-old daughter, Reese, to open her eyes.

Marquis has been with his wife, Debbie, at their home in Staten Island, N.Y. after their daughter was seriously injured in a bicycle accident.

Baseball had to take a back seat, although he did throw off a mound when he could.

"She was sedated for nine days," he said, declining to discuss her specific injuries. "I couldn't leave until I saw her eyes, heard her voice. Baseball is able to give me a mental break. I wouldn't be around here for 13 years if baseball wasn't an escape. Obviously this is the worst thing I've ever been through in my life, but you do go through other hardships throughout your career, and you get on the mound, and in the clubhouse, it sort of eases your mind a little bit."

The plan now is for him to build up enough arm strength to enter the Twins rotation sometime this month.

"She's making a lot of progress; everything's going in the right direction," Marquis said of his daughter. "... The initial four or five days were a nightmare, something that no parent should ever live through.

"But with the support we've had from friends, families and the team of doctors they put on her, from the nurses to the support of the Twins ... I've seen a lot of positive energy flow to her, and really help her."

Although Marquis didn't want to divulge many details about the accident, he made it clear that it was serious.

"Ultimately, there was just a lot of internal bleeding, that luckily enough, my wife and father-in-law were able to get her to the hospital in time, and like I said, I had an unbelievable team of doctors there to save my daughter's life,'' he said.

Marquis, who signed with the Twins as a free agent during the offseason, tried to stay in shape while he was away from camp. He threw two simulated games against local amateurs while in New York, one consisting of 78 pitches and another of 93 pitches. He said he tried to get other workouts in between trips to the hospital.

The Twins plan to be careful with Marquis, who was unable to do many drills and didn't face other professional hitters. On Tuesday, Marquis threw on a back field to Twins minor leaguers as General Manager Terry Ryan, manager Ron Gardenhire and other club officials looked on.

"He came back in good shape," Ryan said. "It was encouraging. He threw 54 pitches; the majority were strikes. He used all his stuff. Now we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

There's no chance he'll be able to pitch for the Twins right away. Fortunately for the team, they don't need a fifth starter until April 15 against Texas. Righthanders Carl Pavano, Liam Hendriks and Nick Blackburn and lefthander Francisco Liriano will make up the rotation until then. Righthander Scott Baker will open the season on the disabled list because of a sore elbow, but is not expected to be out for long.

Gardenhire said it appeared Marquis "really wanted to pitch nine innings today, and I think a lot of that was on adrenaline."

The Twins will break camp after Wednesday's exhibition against Class A Fort Myers, then head to Baltimore to open the season Friday. Marquis could be sent to the minors for a start or two.

Coincidentally, the Twins need a fifth starter right before they open a four-game series in New York on April 16, which Marquis is eyeing as four days to be with his daughter.

As he stood and talked with reporters Tuesday, Marquis still wore the wristband the hospital fitted him with when he first went to see his daughter.

"Obviously I know in a big-league game, I'd have to take it off," he said, "but I'm going to try to keep it on until my daughter gets out of the hospital."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Tennessee 12/18/14 7:25 PM
Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Atlanta 65 3rd Qtr
Cleveland 60
Phoenix 54 3rd Qtr
Charlotte 61
Dallas 35 2nd Qtr 8:30
Detroit 38
Utah 33 2nd Qtr 9:42
Miami 17
Orlando 36 2nd Qtr 8:25
Boston 35
Brooklyn 3 1st Qtr 10:53
Toronto 2
Memphis 7:30 PM
San Antonio
Milwaukee 9:00 PM
Houston 9:30 PM
Indiana 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Ottawa 1 2nd Prd 13:58
New Jersey 0
Boston 0 1st Prd 18:16
Minnesota 0
Dallas 9:00 PM
Langston 65 FINAL
North Texas 78
Delaware State 72 FINAL
St Francis-NY 64
James Madison 30 2nd Half 20:00
Ball State 23
SIU Edwardsville 32 2nd Half 16:53
Campbell 42
St Francis-PA 45 2nd Half 12:41
Duquesne 35
North Florida 29 2nd Half
Florida State 43
Catawba 43 2nd Half 15:54
George Mason 55
Ferrum 23 2nd Half 16:33
High Point 57
Hampton 31 2nd Half 16:43
Illinois 44
Gardner-Webb 47 2nd Half 16:22
Jacksonville 38
Longwood 21 2nd Half
Miami-Ohio 31
Arkansas State 46 2nd Half 13:20
Miss State 36
Tennessee 36 2nd Half 14:17
NC State 50
NC A&T 34 2nd Half 14:57
Ohio State 62
Manhattan 25 2nd Half 14:55
Pittsburgh 36
Robert Morris 31 2nd Half 16:30
Toledo 51
Char Southern 30 2nd Half 15:35
Wofford 31
Kennesaw St 46 1st Half 0:33
Youngstown St 39
Barber-Scotia 24 2nd Half 17:03
NC Central 70
Detroit 27 1st Half 0:08
UCF 35
Liberty 20 1st Half 3:59
UNC-Wilmington 23
TX A&M-CC 2 1st Half 17:41
Denver 5
Ark-Pine Bluff 4 1st Half 15:30
Houston 4
UT Martin 3 1st Half 15:18
Illinois State 6
Milligan 12 1st Half 15:20
Louisiana 9
Abilene Christian 5 1st Half 16:00
Loyola-Chicago 7
USC Upstate 13 1st Half 14:36
Memphis 8
Alcorn State 7 1st Half 16:18
Murray State 8
Central Mich 4 1st Half 16:00
Northwestern 4
Georgia State 9 1st Half 15:03
Old Dominion 5
TX-Pan American 6 1st Half 15:15
Saint Louis 13
Ill-Chicago 3 1st Half 16:30
Texas State 6 1st Half 13:55
Stephen F Austin 11
SC State 4 1st Half 16:29
Texas Tech 11
Missouri State 7 1st Half 13:32
Tulsa 12
Chicago State 8 1st Half 16:55
Western Ky 3
Morehead State 0 1st Half 17:39
Green Bay 5
Northern Colorado 6 1st Half 15:53
Nebraska Omaha 11
Winthrop 8:00 PM
New Mexico St 8:00 PM
San Diego St 8:00 PM
Eastern Mich 8:00 PM
Michigan State
Loyola Marymount 8:00 PM
Incarnate Word 8:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Northeastern 9:00 PM
Cal Poly
Central Arkansas 9:00 PM
New Mexico
Howard 9:00 PM
Portland 9:30 PM
CS-Northridge 10:00 PM
Grambling St 10:00 PM
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Western Carolina 79 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 66
(21) Miss State 66 FINAL
Louisiana 51
(25) DePaul 109 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 84
Liberty 64 FINAL
NC State 67
Elon 77 FINAL
Campbell 51
Akron 73 FINAL
UCF 64
Richmond 77 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 67
Montana 70 FINAL
Seattle 64
(7) Stanford 46 FINAL
Chattanooga 54
Florida A&M 56 2nd Half 1:58
Southern U 67
Oklahoma 53 2nd Half 7:39
(13) Duke 73
Savannah State 46 2nd Half 4:15
Auburn 55
Northern Colorado 12 2nd Half 20:00
South Florida 51
Youngstown St 24 2nd Half 15:54
Robert Morris 35
Siena 52 2nd Half 8:59
Sacred Heart 58
Vermont 47 2nd Half 10:13
St Francis-NY 43
(1) South Carolina 50 2nd Half 10:50
Hampton 33
Fla Gulf Coast 56 2nd Half 14:33
Bethune-Cookman 25
Texas Southern 53 2nd Half 16:49
Houston Baptist 44
Northwestern 57 2nd Half 15:08
NC A&T 47 2nd Half 16:33
Appalachian St 38
NC Central 32 2nd Half 14:27
Coastal Carolina 41
Drexel 33 2nd Half 13:00
Quinnipiac 52
Cincinnati 34 2nd Half 15:11
Northern Ky 44
Alabama State 25 2nd Half 20:00
Georgia Tech 45
Morehead St 38 2nd Half
USC Upstate 40
Arkansas State 30 2nd Half
Kent State 21
American Univ 37 2nd Half 13:54
Manhattan 30
UNC Greensboro 49 2nd Half 12:07
St Bonaventure 53
Arkansas-Monticello 25 1st Half 0:21
Northwestern St 21
Prairie View 25 1st Half 4:17
Sam Houston St 16
McNeese State 6 1st Half 14:46
(3) Texas 11
Yale 16 1st Half 14:04
Wagner 15
Oakland 4 1st Half 16:58
Eastern Kentucky 6 1st Half 17:09
Alabama A&M 2
SIU-Edwardsville 8 1st Half 14:52
Northern Ill 8
McMurry 0 1st Half 16:00
TX-Arlington 10
Portland 8:00 PM
Eastern Washington
North Texas 9:00 PM
San Francisco
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Do you like the Ervin Santana signing by the Twins?

Weekly Question