Marquez is a lock for the rotation and felt healthy throughout spring training, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Marquez's role was never in doubt, and he will indeed be relied upon to serve as the team's ace. The Rockies have not yet announced a starter for Opening Day and probably will not do so for a while, though Marquez would seem to be the favorite for the honor. He looked sharp in his spring training work, racking up six strikeouts in six innings.
Marquez is scheduled to start Sunday's Cactus League game against the Angels, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Marquez will be making his debut in the Rockies' ninth game of spring training after the club elected to slow play him due to his 2019 season ending early due to a case of right arm inflammation. By all accounts, the injury didn't impact Marquez's training over the offseason, so he should be on track to handle a normal starter's workload once Opening Day arrives. A hot finish to the 2018 campaign escalated Marquez's draft price last spring, but he'll come at more of a discount in 2020 after seeing his ERA increase by nearly a run (to 4.76) from the year prior before finishing last season on the shelf.
Marquez (arm) was spotted throwing off the mound during Sunday's workout session, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Marquez didn't pitch after Aug. 22 last season on account of right arm inflammation, but the Rockies were likely just taking extra precaution with the 24-year-old while the team was firmly out of the mix for playoff contention. The fact that Marquez isn't facing any limitations at the beginning of the spring indicates that he'll be ready to handle a normal throwing progression as he prepares for Opening Day. Assuming he's not sidetracked by any major health issues in 2020, Marquez should be a bankable strikeout-per-inning pitcher, though calling Coors Field his home park will continue to put his ratios at risk.
Manager Bud Black said Marquez (arm) has an "outside chance of pitching again" this season, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Marquez is on the injured list with right arm inflammation, and it doesn't sound like the Rockies are expecting him to return this season, though Black didn't completely rule it out. With the team already eliminated from the playoffs, there's no reason to push the right-hander, who owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 175:35 K:BB across 28 starts (174 innings) this season.
The Rockies are deciding whether to shut Marquez (arm) down for the rest of the season, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Marquez was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday due to right arm inflammation, and manager Bud Black later clarified that his ace is essentially dealing with a "tired arm." Black also noted that the Rockies are in the process of determining whether Marquez will pitch again this season, per Saunders.
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