Jason Marquis dropped his appeal to the five-game suspension the league gave him for hitting Justin Upton with a pitch, timing that will allow him, thanks to the Nationals’ day off Monday, to serve the suspension without skipping a start.
Marquis remained adamant that he was in the right and did not hit Upton on purpose or in retaliation of Jayson Werth getting plunked earlier in the game. But he realized that by taking the suspension – which Manager Jim Riggleman said “would not have been lessened” – the Nationals would not need to replace his spot in the rotation.
“Obviously you always have to put the team first, and the way everybody’s throwing the ball, I didn’t want to mess that up for everybody,” Marquis said. “That was really behind the decision, but I’m still adamant I’m not that type of pitcher. I didn’t throw at anyone on purpose. But sometimes you’ve got to suck it up for the betterment of the team. I’ll serve it and move on.”
While Marquis will be moved back in the rotation rather than skipped, the Nationals will be without him as a pinch-runner and pinch-hitter in specific situations. If the Nationals need one of their pitchers to hit or run, Riggleman said, it would be Jordan Zimmermann.
Marquis will pitch the day after his suspension ends, on six days of rest, in the first game of a three-game series against the Orioles. John Lannan will be the only Nationals starter who will not receive an extra day of rest. The Nationals rotation for the next six games, then, will look like this:
Today: John Lannan
Tomorrow: Jordan Zimmerman
Tuesday: Yunesky Maya
Wednesday: Livan Hernandez
Thursday: John Lannan
Friday: Jason Marquis