By Matt Snyder
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they've placed starting pitcher Jason Marquis on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula. Wade Miley has been recalled from Triple-A Reno to take his place. Marquis suffered the fracture during his last start -- Sunday against the Mets -- when an Angel Pagan line drive struck him on the lower leg.
Initial reports from Arizona had Marquis as likely to miss the rest of the 2011 season.
"It is what it is. I'm going to do everything in my power to heal up as fast as I can and listen to the training staff, and hopefully I'd like to be back to help this team in October," Marquis said Sunday (azcentral.com).
The Diamondbacks hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Giants in the NL West.
Marquis' transition from the Nationals to the Diamondbacks has been a bit rough. He was acquired the day before the non-waiver trade deadline as the Diamondbacks looked to close a hole in their rotation, but he's been terrible in three starts. As a member of the Diamondbacks, Marquis is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA, 2.29 WHIP and has lasted just 11 1/3 innings.
Miley, 24, was promoted to Triple-A July 1. Since then, he's gone 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. Those numbers are better than they look, too, because the Pacific Coast League is a notorious hitter's league. Think Coors Field pre-humidor days.
Still, Marquis was bound to start getting better and has experience pitching for a playoff contender down the stretch. His injury hurts the D-Backs' chances in the West.
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