Minnesota Twins’ Jason Marquis returns after his daughter’s injury
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jason Marquis has returned to baseball and is expected to play in the minor leagues in order to build up his arm.
Marquis’ 7-year-old daughter, Reese, was seriously injured after falling off her bike outside of her Staten Island, NY home. Marquis missed two weeks of spring training while he waited by her side for her to open her eyes. Reese’s life held in the balance, as she was in critical condition and sedated for nine days with heavy internal bleeding.
“She’s making a lot of progress; everything’s going in the right direction,” Marquis said about his daughter. “… The initial four or five days were a nightmare, something that no parent should ever live through.”
Marquis rejoined the Twins Tuesday, and threw 54 pitches in a stimulated game. He is expected to rejoin the Major Leagues mid-April, as it is likely that he will be optioned to Double-A New Britain in order to ready his arm.
The right-hander signed with the Twins as a free agent this offseason. On his career, he is 104-98 with a 4.55 ERA. He was an All-Star pitcher for the Colorado Rockies in 2009, and has made appearances in five different postseasons, with four different teams: the Braves, Cubs, Rockies, and twice with the Cardinals.
Last season, Marquis played with the Arizona Diamondbacks.