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Marquis wants to be re-activated early

Former Cardinals starter Jason Marquis, who signed over the winter with the Nationals, is on the shelf with bone chips in his pitching elbow.

But that doesn't mean he isn't as hard headed as ever.

Marquis is expected to be out until at least the end of May as he recovers. But he is lobbying his team to be activated to pitch Saturday in place of John Lannan, who will be skipped at least one trip through the rotation with health problems of his own.

"I know Jason Marquis's body better than anybody else," the pitcher told the Washington Post. I know what I have to do to be prepared to get ready."

The Nationals seem unswayed.

"Jason thinks he's ahead of schedule," Washington GM Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post. "I don't know what medical school he went to."

Marquis has managed to pitch 8 1/3 innings this year, allowing 18 hits and 19 earned runs for an ERA of 20.52. He's walked six and struck out three.

Marquis earned his way out of town by endlessly butting heads with Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan and manager Tony La Russa. But he cashed in at the end of his Redbird career with a ridiculously large contract from the Cubs and was later dealt to the Rockies before joining Washington as a free agent.