Jason Marquis may be heading toward Tommy John surgery. That could spell the end of his time in San Diego and could put his career on a fast track to completion. Marquis suffered the injury sometime leading up to the All-Star break. He continued to pitch through the pain, but he has since been shut down. Now, an MRI has revealed significant damage to his elbow.
#Padres Jason Marquis has significant ligament damage to his right UCL, said manager Bud Black.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) July 22, 2013
If the damage is severe enough to warrant Tommy John surgery, Marquis will miss the rest of this season and most of next season. He is signed through this season with the Padres, so he would be a free agent as he completes his recovery from any potential surgery. In addition, given his age and injury history, a one-year recovery time may be pushing it.
If Marquis tries conservative treatment for his elbow, then still has to undergo surgery, he could miss the rest of this season as well as all of the 2014 season. That would make him 36 (he turns 35 in August), when he tries to make a comeback.
The 34-year old Marquis is in his second year with the Padres. He is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA on the season. In his two year with the Padres, Marquis has provided the veteran presence the team was looking for, and he pitched relatively well. Overall, Marquis is a 14-year veteran. He has a career ERA of 4.56.