Nick Markakis RF BAL Apr 03 '13

Nick Markakis will bat third Wednesday against the Rays.

Markakis hit leadoff in Tuesday's season opener against left-hander David Price, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter has made some changes with Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson pitching on Wednesday. Nate McLouth will move up to the leadoff spot while the heart of the order will all be pushed back one spot. Manny Machado remains in the No. 2 spot.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 27 '13

Nick Markakis (neck) had two hits and two RBI in his return to the field Wednesday but the Orioles lost to the Yankees.

A herniated disk in his neck had kept Markakis, 29, out of Grapefruit League action for most of the spring, but he seems to be getting healthy just in the nick of time. If Markakis is able to go, he'll be the Orioles' Opening Day right fielder.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 27 '13

Nick Markakis (neck) will start in right field Wednesday.

Markakis was the DH on Tuesday in his first game since March 1, so this is a sign that his neck is no longer a concern. Interestingly, he's batting leadoff for the second straight day.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 25 '13

Nick Markakis (neck) is scheduled to serve as the Orioles' designated hitter in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game.

Markakis hasn't played since March 1 due to a slightly herniated disk in his neck, but he was cleared to return after making it through batting practice Monday without incident. While there was some doubt about his status last week, he now appears on track for Opening Day.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 25 '13

Nick Markakis (neck) could serve as the Orioles' DH in a Grapefruit League game on Tuesday.

Markakis first needs to make it through batting practice on Monday. He has been fighting a sore neck for over two weeks but is expected to be fine for Opening Day. The 29-year-old makes for a solid second or third outfielder in standard mixed fantasy leagues this year.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 22 '13

Nick Markakis (neck) hit light toss and off a tee, as well as doing some running on Friday.

He could do coaches' batting practice on Sunday. There's no timetable for his return to game action, but Markakis expects to be ready for the start of the season.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 22 '13

Nick Markakis (neck) will hit off a tee Friday.

Markakis has been held out of action nearly all month due to a slightly herniated disk in his neck, but it appears he might be close to playing again. He expects to be ready for the start of the season, though the Orioles have offered no guarantees.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 19 '13

Nick Markakis (neck) hopes to resume baseball activities by Friday or Saturday.

Markakis was diagnosed with a slightly herniated disk in his neck last week. He's expected to meet with a doctor this week, after which he could be cleared to resume baseball activities. He remains optimistic that he'll be ready for the season, though there's a chance the Orioles could play things safe.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 13 '13

Nick Markakis (neck) said Wednesday that he's "pretty optimistic" he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Markakis was recently diagnosed with a slightly herniated disk in his neck and visited a spine specialist in Baltimore on Tuesday. He was given a 2-3 week timetable, but since he's already a week into it, there's still a chance he'll be ready for Opening Day. If not, the hope is that he would only have to miss a week.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Mar 12 '13

Nick Markakis was diagnosed with a slightly herniated disk in his neck.

The good news is that the normal recovery time for this sort of injury is 7-14 days. Markakis has already been sidelined for a week, so the Orioles are hopeful that he's halfway there. The 29-year-old flew back to Baltimore on Tuesday to see a spine specialist, but he's expected to return to Orioles' camp on Wednesday. If all goes according to plan, he should be fine for Opening Day.