Nick Markakis RF BAL 5 Months

Nick Markakis (neck) expects to be in the lineup on Opening Day.

Markakis was scratched from the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup Saturday with a stiff neck, but he said he would have been in there had it been a regular season game. The outfielder batted a healthy .356/.370/.600 with one home run this spring.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 5 Months

Nick Markakis was scratched from the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup Saturday with a stiff neck.

Bad timing, as the O's open the regular season on Monday. It's unclear now if Markakis will be ready.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 5 Months

Nick Markakis is nursing some minor shoulder tendinitis.

Markakis won't play Friday but could return to action Saturday in the DH spot. It's not a concern as long as the ailment doesn't get any worse.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 6 Months

Nick Markakis went 4-for-4 with a triple and two doubles as the Orioles crushed the Phillies 15-4 on Friday.

Markakis figured to be the Orioles' leadoff man, but manager Buck Showalter has been giving David Lough a long look in that role this spring. While Markakis hit second behind Lough today, that will be Manny Machado's spot once he's healthy. It makes one wonder just where Markakis might hit to begin the year. He's not going to be much of an asset in homers or steals, so much of his value hinges on him batting high in the lineup and racking up a ton of at-bats in front of superior hitters. He still looks like the best option in the leadoff spot from here.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 11 Months

Nick Markakis homered and singled against the Yankees on Thursday.

The homer off David Huff was just his second in 2 1/2 months. It was a solo shot, of course: he has one multi-RBI game in the last three months (two RBI on Aug. 14).

Nick Markakis RF BAL 11 Months

Nick Markakis is back in the Orioles' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Yankees.

Markakis was on the bench Wednesday because he showed up late to Camden Yards following the birth of his third child. He's batting .271/.323/.357 with nine home runs and 55 RBI in 143 games this season for Baltimore.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 11 Months

Nick Markakis' wife has given birth and the outfielder is hoping to return to the Orioles on Wednesday.

Baltimore is hosting the Yankees, so Markakis presumably could make it to the park. Buck Showalter should apprise the media of his status shortly.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 12 Months

Nick Markakis plans to play on Wednesday, the day his wife is scheduled to have labor induced to deliver the couple's third child.

Baltimore hosts New York on Wednesday. Assuming Markakis is in the lineup, he'll square off against Andy Pettitte.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 12 Months

Nick Markakis is not in the Orioles' starting lineup on Thursday night against the White Sox.

It's just a routine day of maintenance. Michael Morse will start in right field in Markakis' place.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Jul 10 '131 Comment

Nick Markakis has logged a .367/.412/.400 batting line in 34 July plate appearances.

It's nice to see after Markakis limped to a .229 average in June. Owners are no doubt a little disappointed by Markakis' power output in 2013, as he's hit just one home run since June 1 and logged only eight on the season. He's slugging 49 points below his career average.