Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 days 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago

Markakis (neck) will play right field in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, Mark Bowman of 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 weeks 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 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Markakis (neck) felt good after hitting off a tee and throwing Friday,'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.