Originally written on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 3/30/14
Baltimore Orioles Gold Glove right fielder Nick Markakis has been dealing with a herniated disk for over a year, with sporadic flare-ups this spring.  It hasn't improved as much as manager Buck Showalter would like, tweets Roch Kubatko of MASN, so Showalter is making contingency plans.Buck unsure about Markakis tomorrow. Has 2 lineups ready #Orioles— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) March 30, 2014Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsMarkakis, 30, was an Orioles first-round draft pick in 2003 and has been with the organization ever since. He is on a $15 million contract for 2014 with an option for 2015 ($2 million buyout). The talented outfielder made his debut on April 3, 2006 and has been on Baltimore's Opening Day roster for the last seven seasons. A troublesome stiff neck could mean that streak is broken in 2014. A career .292 hitter, Markakis' offense dropped off significantly in 2013 to .271/.329/.356, making him below average for his position (OPS+ of 86, 100 is average). As di...
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  • Like Nick. But Big Money expects returns. Trade him.

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