Nick Markakis RF BAL 8 Days

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

Nick Markakis RF BAL 26 Days

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.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 29 Days

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.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 1 Month

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.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 1 Month

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.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 1 Month

Markakis (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Markakis has not played since Tuesday, and it appears he will miss his fourth straight game Sunday. With the Orioles having clinched a playoff berth, expect Markakis to get all the rest he needs to get healthy for the postseason.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 1 Month

Markakis underwent an X-ray on his right shoulder Saturday, which was returned negative, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

Markakis remains no worse than day-to-day, after his shoulder was shown to be structurally sound in the X-ray. That said, don't be surprised if the Orioles hold him out again Sunday, as they have no incentive to rush him back.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 1 Month

Markakis (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

The decision to hold Markakis out Wednesday was said to be precautionary, but the 30-year-old remains unavailable to start three days later. He admitted Friday that he was still "real sore" behind his right shoulder, and with no reason to rush him back, the Orioles could opt to hold Markakis out Sunday as well.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 1 Month

Markakis (shoulder) is out of the lineup Friday against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

Markakis was hit by a pitch in the team's win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday, and he said Friday that he is still "real sore" behind his right shoulder. While he is hoping to play Saturday, Markakis acknowledged that there is no rush, with the division title already in the bag.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 1 Month

Markakis was held out of Wednesday's lineup as a precaution due to a sore shoulder, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Markakis likely could have played Wednesday if needed, but with the pressure off the Orioles after they clinched the AL East a night earlier, he'll just take some time off for rest. With an open date in the schedule Thursday, look for Markakis to slot back into the lineup Friday, when the Orioles open a three-game set with the Red Sox.