Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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While the Baltimore Orioles have guaranteed their spot in
the postseason, their playoff roster continues to take shape. Baltimore received some good and bad news yesterday regarding two of their injured
players; right fielder Nick Markakis and right-hander Jason Hammel.



The Orioles announced that the pins in Markakis’ thumb won’t
be removed for another week. The 28-year-old met with a hand specialist yesterday
who confirmed the news and determined that the outfielder won’t be ready for
another three weeks.


When Markakis initially fractured his thumb, Baltimore knew
his regular season was likely over. Still, the Orioles hoped to have their
leadoff hitter back in the fold early in the playoffs. Now it appears that if
Markakis is able to return at all it will be much later in the postseason.


While Markakis has been ruled out for the start of the
playoffs, right-hander Jason Hammel is now listed as a candidate to start a
potential American League Division Series game Saturday. The right-hander threw
73 pitches over five innings yesterday during a simulated game.

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