Please click here to read the full article by Richard Justice on MLB.com regarding Jason Marquis’ story, Tommy John surgery, and road to recovery.
Jason Marquis is a right handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. At the age of 34, he found himself playing for the Padres against the Cardinals in what may very well have been his final big league game. With 368 games under his belt and experience with several ball clubs, he had a Major League career of which most can only dream.
Then there was his reputation. Marquis built the reputation of a competitor of the highest degree. He always played to the best of his ability, and when his pitches began to slow down, he slugged through. That wasn’t the only reason he wanted surgery from a man known for performing Tommy John surgeries.
Marquis wanted to be able to toss a ball with his son, to pitch to him at baseball practice. There were the dreams of having a last hurrah in the majors, but Marquis knew no surgery plan was foolproof. He chose Dr. Timothy Kremchek of Beacon Orthopaedics because Marquis wanted to be as close to foolproof as possible.
Judging by the fact that he is now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, it seems like Marquis made the right choice. In fact, he announced that he is able to throw the ball better now than he has the past five years. Instead of “pushing it,” he is now able to really throw it. After a season recuperating in the Minor Leagues, Marquis is in the rotation for the Reds. It’s an impressive comeback and an inspiring story.