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Markakis (neck) has been ruled out for the early portion of the Braves' spring training schedule,'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Markakis' $17.5 million option was declined by the Orioles on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Markakis will now be a free agent after the team decided to buy him out for $2 million. This was the expected outcome for the salary he was owed, but it's possible he could return to the club at a lower rate.

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The Orioles are expected to declined Markakis' $17.5 million option for 2015, reports.

Markakis is beloved within the organization, but the $17.5 million price tag is just too steep for a player who posted a .729 OPS with 14 homers and four steals during the regular season. Thus, the Orioles are expected to buy him out for $2 million, but a return at a lower cost is a real possibility.

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Markakis is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Markakis will get the day off as the Orioles go with a lineup full of right-handed hitters against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. Steve Pearce will man right field Saturday in Markakis' place.

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Markakis went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Markakis had just returned from missing four games with a sore shoulder one day earlier. It seems he is not just healthy enough to play, but Markakis is ready to contribute as well. Baltimore is still in contention for home field advantage throughout the playoffs, so the club should be fielding its best lineup - including Markakis - as the season's final week winds down.

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Markakis (shoulder) is back in the lineup Monday against the Yankees, CSN's Rich Dubroff reports.

Markakis missed the last four games with shoulder soreness but returns to the lineup Monday, batting leadoff and manning right field against Yankees' starter Michael Pineda. Markakis is hitting .179 with eight strikeouts in 56 September at-bats.

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Markakis (shoulder) initially tried to play Sunday before being taken out of the lineup after he took batting practice, MASN Sports reports.

Markakis appears to be close to returning to the lineup and he could return as soon as Monday against the Yankees. The Orioles can afford to rest him during the regular season's final week, so his playing time this week is up in the air.