Jason Marquis and his family (FoxSports.com)

By Scott Barancik/Jewish Baseball News

Jason Marquis, left off the Minnesota Twins’ opening-day roster so he could take care of his injured daughter in New York, is set to make his MLB season debut Wednesday (4/18/2012) against the New York Yankees.

Wednesday’s start also will mark his first start as a Twin. Minnesota acquired the 33-year-old hurler during the off-season from the Washington Nationals.

Marquis missed nearly two weeks of Spring Training to be with his 7-year-old daughter Reese, who lacerated her liver in a bicycle accident. According to FoxSports.com, doctors had given the girl a 50/50 chance of surviving. She now is expected to be “fully recovered in three months.”

When Marquis was ready to return to action, the Twins sent him to their AA farm team, the New Britain Rock Cats. He was dominant in two starts there, striking out 11 and walking none while going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA.

Marquis will be the eighth Jew to play in the Majors this season. Seven Jewish players made MLB opening-day rosters.

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