Marquis to start Sunday on three days' rest

Marquis to start Sunday on three days' rest

SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black announced Friday that Jason Marquis will start Sunday's series finale with the Reds on three days' rest.

Black said he chose Marquis over the righty Ross Ohlendorf, who will assume his role as long reliever until the All-Star break. Ohlendorf was available Friday and could be a fit to relive Marquis on Sunday if needed.

Marquis' last outing came July 4 in Arizona, a no-decision in which he gave up four runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. In six career starts on three days' rest, the 33-year-old is 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA.

Since being called up to San Diego on June 7, Marquis has a 3.49 ERA and a 1-4 record in six starts. He has struck out 39 batters in 38 2/3 innings of work, including a 10-strikeout showing in a June 18 loss to Texas.

Black has not yet announced whether or not he plans to reset his starting corps for the second half, which begins July 13 with a three-game set against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Black said he will most likely announce his pitching plans for that series on Sunday.