Days after Colorado Rockies righthander Germán Márquez left his start against the Cleveland Guardians with an elbow injury, told reporter Danielle Allentuck that he needs Tommy John surgery. Allentuck adds that the surgery has not yet been scheduled. Such a procedure would cost Márquez the remainder of the 2023 season and likely part of 2024.
The club placed him on its 10-day injured list last week. The start he made against Cleveland on Wednesday was his first after returning from a two-week stint on the injured list with right forearm inflammation. 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.
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 has a 4.95 ERA this season and a 5.67 K/BB ratio in four starts this season. 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.
During the season, the Rockies in last place now have a 9-20 record and a NL-worst minus-54 run difference.