Originally created 05/12/02

Marquis back on the mound



ATLANTA -- Atlanta right-hander Jason Marquis, out since April 14 with a sore pitching shoulder, started Saturday night against the San Diego Padres.

In his last start, Marquis gave up seven runs and 11 hits in six innings against Florida. He threw 129 pitches that night, a game after the Braves used seven pitchers in a 14-inning loss to the Marlins.

Rookie reliever Tim Spooneybarger was sent down to the minors Friday night to make room for Marquis.

Marquis, a second-year player who joined Atlanta's rotation this year, was 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts before being placed on the 15-day disabled list. An MRI exam showed no serious damage, but the team wanted to give him extra time to recover.

In a rehab start last Saturday for Triple-A Richmond, Marquis pitched five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He took the loss.