10:47pm: Márquez expects to be placed on the 15-day injured list, he said after tonight’s loss to the Cardinals (relayed by Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post).
9:24pm: Rockies starter Germán Márquez was sent for an MRI after leaving yesterday’s start with tightness in his forearm. Imaging revealed a muscle strain but no significant structural damage, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
It’s a relief there are apparently no structural issues that would raise the specter of surgery. Nevertheless, it’s hard to envision Márquez avoiding the injured list after the revelation of a forearm injury. The Rockies haven’t yet made a roster move or provided any kind of timetable for his recovery.
Márquez is the top pitcher on the Rockies’ staff. He’s allowed eight runs in 16 1/3 innings this season but struck out 13 while issuing only two walks. The Venezuelan-born hurler had a down 2022 season, allowing nearly five earned runs per nine over 31 starts. Between 2017-21, he worked to a 4.25 ERA with an above-average 24% strikeout rate.
Rotation depth is a major concern for Colorado. Antonio Senzatela is still recovering from last summer’s torn ACL. Beyond Márquez and Kyle Freeland, the Rox currently have José Ureña, Ryan Feltner and Austin Gomber rounding out the starting five. Ureña and Feltner, in particular, have been hit hard in their first two starts. Long reliever Connor Seabold and Peter Lambert appear to be the top options to step into the rotation should Márquez miss any time.
It’s a crucial season for Márquez, who’s in the final guaranteed year of his contract. The Rockies aren’t expected to compete for a playoff spot and could listen to offers on players closer to the trade deadline. A healthy Márquez would be a target for a number of clubs, though Colorado has steadfastly refused interest in previous summers. They could well do so again, as the Rox hold a $16MM option on his services that comes with a $2.5MM buyout for next season. The net $13.5MM call is strong value if the right-hander is healthy. That calculus could change if he’s forced to miss a notable chunk of this season with a forearm issue but the timeline remains to be determined.
Still not a single world series title and they are just a listless wreck as usual- done with this team.
I want Jurickson Profar OFF THIS TEAM.
I want C.J. Cron OFF THIS TEAM.
I want Nolan Arenado OFF THIS TEAM.
I want Kris Bryant OFF THIS TEAM.
Where have i seen this before…
Well I’m sorry, Nolan Arenado is just going to have to stay on the team. There is no way he is leaving the Rockies.
And I want Brad Hand OFF THIS TEAM.
Make the Monforts an offer of somewhere around $600 million dollars and then whatever you think might matter. Until then, enjoy your Marlins.
I just looked up theiir valuation and I was selling the Rockies short. Turns out the offer would need to be closer to $1.5 billion dollars. But maybe you can find some investors and still only need $600 million.
Just got the first cycle in Marlins history tonight.
If you were expecting a World Series title team off of this years team that’s more of an indictment off you than them