Colorado Rockies right-hander Germán Márquez left the start Wednesday afternoon against the Cleveland Guardians (GameTracker) with an apparent injury. Márquez threw a pitch in the fourth inning, signaled the coach and left the game. Wednesday is his first start back from a two-week stint on the injured list with right forearm inflammation.
The Rockies have not yet announced an update on Márquez. His final throw was an 87.9 mph slider that was about in line with this normal speed, spin and movement.
Márquez missed about a month at the end of 2019 with an arm infection. That was his only visit to the injured list with an arm injury prior to the season. Forearm problems, which Márquez had earlier this month, are a common precursor to elbow ligament problems and possible Tommy John surgery.
Colorado assigned José Ureña to an assignment earlier this week and they are also without Antonio Senzatela, who will be recovering from knee surgery in September. The Rockies aren’t blessed with much pitching depth and losing Márquez for extended periods of time would take a bite out of an already thin rotation.
The 28-year old Márquez entered the game on Wednesday with a 4.41 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings against Cleveland before leaving the game. Márquez has a 5.07 ERA at Coors Field and a career-high 3.78 ERA on the road.
The Rockies started Wednesday with an 8-17 record and a minus-44 run differential.