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Marquis to DL; Padres Recall Mikolas, Ross Returns to Rotation 

Following what was described as “a sore right elbow,” the Padres have made the decision to place right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis onto the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20th according to General Manager Josh Byrnes. Marquis felt discomfort following his start Friday night in which he surrendered six earned runs over 5.1 innings pitched, and the team decided to play it safe and place him on the DL after Marquis was evaluated by the Cardinals medical staff in St. Louis.

Marquis has collected a 9-5 record with a 4.05 ERA in his 2013 season with the Padres, appearing in 20 games with 117.2 innings pitched. Since joining the Padres last season, Marquis has sported a 15-12 record (overall 4.04 ERA) after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins.

There is some concern that this stint on the DL may be Marquis’ last with the Padres, as the 34 year old right-hander may be in need of reconstructive Tommy John surgery. The strain in Marquis’ elbow is centered on the ulnar collateral ligament, which is the muscle ligament most commonly associated with the infamous surgery that has plagued pitchers for years.

If surgery is required for Marquis, then his days in a Padres uniform could be over. Manager Bud Black went so far as to note that “…where (Marquis) is in his career, he knows that this is not a short-term thing… He will be out. We don’t know exactly how long or the extent of the injury. … I think when the MRI comes back, we can be more specific.” With Marquis’ future in question, the Padres needed a quick pitching replacement for the club.

As such, the Padres made the decision to recall reliever Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Tucson. This will be the third time this season that Mikolas will have been called up to the big leagues, but so far Mikolas has only appeared once this season when he pitched a scoreless inning back on July 11th against the San Francisco Giants.

Mikolas, who was drafted by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2009 amateur draft, has appeared in 26 games over the course of two seasons with the Padres and sports a 2-1 record with a 3.62 ERA between 2012 and 2013. The young right-handed pitcher has appeared in 40 games with Triple-A Tucson this season, sporting a 3-1 record and 2.91 ERA with 20 saves.

While the addition of Mikolas helps relieve any taxation on the bullpen, the rotation still has a few spots available with the absence of LHP Clayton Richard and now RHP Jason Marquis. As such, Manager Bud Black announced that RHP Tyson Ross would be returning to his role as a starter – a role that he had at the beginning of the season but departed after hitting the DL on April 20th.

Ross went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts for the Padres this season, and since returning from the DL has worked as a relief pitcher at times and aiding the bullpen in any way necessary. Ross will take the mound Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers at 5:10pm Pacific time.

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!