The Baltimore Orioles were dealt a major blow yesterday when Wilson Betemit went down with a torn PCL. However, they got a bit of good news. Nick Markakis is scheduled to play in his first spring game since March 1st.
Markakis has been sidelined with a herniated disc in his neck. He has been cleared to play in games now says Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. As long as Markakis feels up to it, he will be the team's designated hitter today.
Markakis had been feeling pain in his next for much of spring training, so the Orioles sent him for an MRI. The MRI revealed the herniation. There wasn't much more that could be done aside from rest, so that's what Markakis did.
Markakis is a .295/.365/.455 hitter in his career. He has been with the Orioles for seven seasons and has consistently put up solid numbers. Last year, Markakis hit .298/.363/.471 with 13 home runs. He can play the outfield and DH when necessary.
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