Nick Markakis RF ATL 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 1 week ago

Markakis took batting practice on the field Friday for the since time since undergoing neck fusion surgery in December, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Opening Day is just over two weeks away, but manager Fredi Gonzalez remains optimistic about Markakis' chances of being ready. "We're shooting for Opening Day," Gonzalez reiterated. "I don't know the timetable when he's going to be ready (to play in Grapefruit league games), but he looked good." Once Markakis is cleared to play in spring games, he will likely play every day, and Gonzalez suggested Markakis could log extra at-bats in minor league camp to prepare for the regular season. The 31-year-old Markakis will take coach-pitch batting practice Saturday.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 2 weeks ago

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that the team is still hoping Markakis (neck) will be ready for Opening Day, but added that it's "not set in stone," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Markakis received medical clearance for physical activity about a week before the Braves opened camp, but the team has limited him because "they wanted that neck to heal." They have kept his legs in shape, and he recently progressed to hitting off a tee and throwing, but there is still no timetable for Markakis to play in spring games. Zoilo Almonte, Todd Cunningham and/or Joe Terdoslavich could be options if Markakis is not quite ready to begin the season.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 3 weeks ago

Markakis (neck) felt good after hitting off a tee and throwing Friday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

The hitting session was Markakis' first of the spring. The Braves are taking things slowly with the outfielder after he underwent neck surgery in December, but the expectation is that he'll be able to get enough at-bats in the latter portion of the team's spring training schedule to put him on track for an Opening Day lineup spot.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 1 month ago

Markakis (neck) has been ruled out for the early portion of the Braves' spring training schedule, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

After undergoing neck fusion surgery during the winter, Markakis was first cleared this week to resume running and increasing the intensity of his workouts. The Braves are of no mind to rush Markakis back into action for the beginning of the exhibition schedule, but the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for Opening Day. Assuming he continues to progress steadily in his recovery, Markakis will man right field for the Braves to start the season, while likely occupying a prominent spot in the batting order.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 3 months ago

Markakis will undergo neck fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Markakis' recovery time is expected to be approximately eight weeks, which would allow him to be available for the majority of spring training assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks. The longtime Orioles' outfielder signed a four-year, $44-million contract with the Braves in the offseason, and is currently in line to play right field in the place of Jason Heyward, who was traded to St. Louis. He was the leadoff hitter for most of his career in Baltimore, and will likely assume the same role with the Braves in 2015.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis is leaning toward undergoing surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Markakis could need up to 12 weeks to recover from the procedure, but the Braves knew the procedure was a possibility when they signed him, so it would appear they are not concerned this will be a long-term issue. Even if Markakis undergoes surgery and needs the 12 weeks to recover, he could still be ready for Opening Day if the procedure is performed in the near future.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 months ago

Markakis agreed to a four-year contract with the Braves on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

The deal, said to be worth in the neighborhood of $44 million, will bring Markakis to the NL after nearly a decade in Baltimore. Markakis owns a career .358 OBP and will give the Braves a quality leadoff option for years to come, something they've been desperately lacking in recent seasons, as well as a highly durable right fielder. Markakis has played in 147-plus games in all but one of his nine seasons in the majors. This may very well prove to be a precursor to a Justin Upton trade, something that's been rumored throughout the offseason.