Jason Marquis is out of Reds' rotation

Struggling Jason Marquis is sent to the bullpen by the Reds

The Cincinnati Reds moved struggling starter Jason Marquis to the bullpen Friday, leaving them with three rookies in the starting rotation for now.

Marquis signed with the Reds in the off-season, continuing his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went 3-4 with a 6.46 earned-run average in nine starts, prompting Manager Bryan Price to rearrange his rotation for a series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Marquis gave up four runs and 10 hits during 5 2/3 innings of a 5-4 loss on Monday to the Colorado Rockies.


Alex Rios is expected to return to the Kansas City Royals' lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs following 1 1/2 months on the disabled list because of a broken left hand. Rios has been sidelined since April 13, when he was he by a pitch from Minnesota's J.R. Graham. ...

The Miami Marlins have claimed pitcher Chad Smith off waivers from the Angels and sent him to triple-A New Orleans. Smith pitched two games for Oakland this year but didn't pitch for the Angels after they acquired him this month. ...

The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected the contract of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from triple-A Reno. The move came as the Diamondbacks placed catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on the 15-day disabled list with an ACL injury. ... Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl had surgery to repair his spleen after a collision in the outfield during a game Thursday in New Britain, Conn.

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