Nick Markakis RF ATL 2 months ago

Markakis went 3-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Markakis collected three of the team's five total hits on the evening, bringing his average up 10 points to .311 on the year. His offense has slipped a bit this month, as he owns a .267 May batting average, but still has a respectable .398 OBP in the 2015 season.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 3 months ago

Markakis will bat cleanup Friday against the Marlins, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

The oblique injury to Kelly Johnson has forced manager Fredi Gonzalez to shuffle his lineup, with Markakis moving to the No. 4 spot and Jace Peterson atop the order. It's uncertain if this change will stick while Johnson is out, but if it does, Markakis will see more RBI opportunities but fewer run-scoring chances.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 3 months ago

Markakis will be the Braves' leadoff hitter for the foreseeable future, at least against righties, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez is often doing strange things with his lineup, but this move actually makes sense, as Markakis has a .359 career OBP and is getting on base at a ridiculous .444 clip in 63 plate appearances. In the leadoff role Markakis should get a few more at-bats per month and should be able to score more runs than if he was hitting in the middle of the Braves' lineup.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis will not be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, MLB Network Radio reports.

Markakis started the Braves' first eight games in right field, but he will get his first day off of the season Wednesday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Markakis will serve as the Braves' designated hitter during their upcoming three-game series in Toronto, which will keep him in the lineup but give him a few days off his feet following his short spring.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis (neck) will start in right field and bat third against the Marlins on Opening Day.

As recently as last Thursday, there's was still a sliver of doubt in Markakis' mind regarding his availability for Opening Day, but he has been cleared by the training staff to take the field. Neck fusion surgery delayed Markakis significantly entering spring training, and he looked rusty in his first few games back (2-for-his-first-19), but evidently manager Fredi Gonzalez thinks Markakis can be leaned on a key run producer right off the bat.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis (neck) said there is a 95 percent chance he's ready for Opening Day, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

While players typically overestimate their own readiness, there's been nothing to suggest Markakis won't be available for Opening Day. He's off to a 2-for-19 start this spring, but with only two strikeouts thus far, the numbers aren't worthy of concern. Markakis is on track to start in right field on Opening Day against Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis (neck) is batting .105 (2-for-19) with one extra-base hit and no walks through six spring training games.

Since his 2-for-3 showing in his spring debut, Markakis has gone 0-for-16. He's not striking out much, and there has been nothing to suggest the Braves are losing confidence in Markakis' chances of being ready for Opening Day, but it seems there is still rust to knock off. Markakis underwent neck fusion surgery in December but is expected to play right field everyday for Atlanta this season.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis (neck) went 2-for-3 with a double in his spring debut Monday and the Braves remain confident he will be ready for Opening Day, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The showing was certainly impressive considering Markakis was just cleared to begin full baseball activities last week, and hadn't faced live pitching at all before stepping in Tuesday. He had only logged three days of coach-pitch batting practice. After serving as the DH on Monday, Markakis played right field Tuesday, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout before being subbed out in the top of the seventh.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis (neck) will play right field in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Markakais made his spring debut as a designated hitter Monday, and appears on track to make his debut in the field Tuesday. There's a good chance he'll be ready for Opening Day, and returning to the field will do nothing but benefit him in that pursuit.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis (neck) will DH in Monday's game and make his spring debut with the Braves, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

If all goes as planned, Markakis is expected to play right field in Monday's game. With the recent progress, Markakis seemingly has a chance at being ready for Opening Day, but it's hardly guaranteed given that's he's returning from a significant surgery on his neck.