Marquis has loose bodies in his elbow

Adam Kilgore tweeted today that an MRI revealed that Nationals starting pitcher Jason Marquis has loose bodies in his throwing elbow. While he will get a second opinion tomorrow, it is likely that he will miss time. The local beat reporters have suggested that Luis Atilano will earn the start in Marquis place on Friday. Atliano is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts this season with Syracuse.

This injury comes as no surprise to readers of The Nats Blog as we predicted that Marquis was likely hurt on Sunday:

“For the clubs biggest winter investment, something has to be wrong. Marquis threw 28 pitches this afternoon, reaching a maximum speed of only 89.2 MPH. His bread-and-butter pitch, his sinker, was only averaging 87.95 MPH on the day, and his fastball was only averaging 85.9 MPH. It appears his release point has slightly raised while his velocity has dropped. The result? Clearly Marquis is having trouble getting batters out…But still at the age of 31 his sudden poor play isn’t likely do to an early decline, however it leaves some to speculate, does Jason Marquis have some sort of lurking arm injury?”

The second opinion tomorrow will reveal how bad this injury is, but it’s very possible when it’s all said and done this could be a huge setback for the right-hander and for the franchise.