Marquis eyes return to rotation Wednesday

Marquis eyes return to rotation Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Jason Marquis fared well in his start with Double-A New Britain on Thursday and is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the Twins rotation on Wednesday against the Yankees.

Marquis, making his second start with New Britain, allowed just two runs on five hits over eight innings. He had a late start to the season because he missed two weeks in Spring Training tending to his 7-year-old daughter, Reese, who was seriously injured in a bicycle crash.

But Marquis' daughter is doing better, and he's on schedule to make his first start of the year in his home state of New York.

"Everything was crisp," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He'll throw a side session at home, stay with his daughter and meet us Monday and maybe throw for us Wednesday in New York. That's the tentative plan right now, if everything continues on."

When Marquis joins the rotation, right-hander Anthony Swarzak is expected to be moved back to the bullpen with right-hander Liam Hendriks remaining a starter. Hendriks, who missed his first start of the year with food poisoning, is scheduled to start Sunday against the Rangers.