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When will German Marquez return to Rockies rotation this season?


Starting pitcher German Marquez of the Colorado Rockies exits the field with a member of the training staff during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on April 10, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Starting pitching was already enough of an issue for the Colorado Rockies, and now the team will be down one of its most reliable rotation members in recent years. German Marquez felt some pain in his forearm in the sixth inning of his start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, and after an MRI the team determined that he’d need a stint on the injured list.

Marquez struggled to a 4.95 ERA in 31 starts last season, but he still carries a 111 ERA+ for his career — remarkable considering that he’s called Coors Field home for that entire time. His home/road splits have always hinted at greater upside: Marquez holds a 3.78 ERA on the road for his career, compared to a 5.07 ERA in the thin air of Denver. He’s been a stalwart amid a constantly in-flux Rockies rotation, and the team will struggle to replace his production. So how long might he be out?

German Marquez injury update

May 4 update: Marquez received bad news on the diagnosis of his recent elbow injury. He will need Tommy John surgery which is done for the 2023 season.

Marquez spoke to reporters after his start on Tuesday and didn’t sound overly concerned:

There’s apparently nothing structural wrong with Marquez’s arm; it’s just some forearm soreness, which he’ll get to rest for at least a couple of starts. It doesn’t sound as though the team expects him to be out for much longer than that, though obviously it never pays to take health for granted with pitchers.