Marquis in line to make first start Wednesday

Marquis in line to make first start Wednesday

Marquis in line to make first start Wednesday
NEW YORK -- Twins right-hander Jason Marquis threw a bullpen session before Monday's game against the Yankees, and he remains on track to make his first start of the year on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Marquis made two starts with Double-A New Britain, allowing three runs over 14 innings. It came after he missed two weeks of Spring Training tending to his 7-year-old daughter, Reese, who was seriously injured in a bicycle accident on Long Island.

But Marquis said his daughter is doing better, and he is ready to make his first career start at Yankee Stadium.

"I felt great physically and mentally," Marquis said. "Obviously the time the Twins gave me to be with my daughter and pitch with New Britain at the same time allowed me not only to get ready physically, but mentally, too. She's at home safe and sound now."

It worked out well for Marquis, who was able to make the two-hour trip to New Britain to make his starts. His last one came Thursday, when he allowed two runs over eight innings.

"He's ready, we're ready and it's worked out well," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "I couldn't be more pleased for him and his daughter."

The Twins still have to make a roster move to activate Marquis before Wednesday's game. The Twins could opt to place Glen Perkins (forearm) or Nick Blackburn (shoulder) on the disabled list or option a player, perhaps Alex Burnett.