CHICAGO - The Twins have decided to part ways with Jason Marquis and will designate the veteran righthander for assignment, a team source said Monday.
Marquis, signed as a free agent during the offseason for $3 million, was 2-4 with a 8.47 ERA in seven starts. In 34 innings, he gave up 52 hits and walked 14 batters. His inability to throw strikes and find his good sinking fastball led to his demise with the Twins.
The club will have 10 days to trade, release or, after he clears waivers, send him down to the minors. But all indications are that the Twins will release the 13-year veteran.
"I don't have any news today," Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said Monday. "I might have something for you tomorrow."
The move comes one day after Marquis gave up eight runs over 1 2/3 innings during a 16-4 loss at Milwaukee. The first batter he faced, Corey Hart, hit a home run estimated at 455 feet.
"I'm not making quality pitches and, when I do, they are still hitting them," Marquis said after the game.
Marquis missed two starts at the beginning of the season because he needed time to prepare for the season after spending two weeks with his 7-year-old daughter, Reese, after she was seriously injured in a bicycle accident. He won his first start of the season, April 18 at Yankee Stadium, then won two starts later against Kansas City. But he has lost his past four starts.
The Twins are expected to announce Tuesday who will replace Marquis in the rotation. Liam Hendriks, who was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA with the Twins earlier this season, is a candidate. But former Gophers righthander Cole DeVries, 27, also has emerged as a possibility. He is 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA at Rochester but has walked only seven batters in 46 2/3 innings.
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