The Baltimore Orioles sent right fielder Nick Markakis for
an MRI on his sore neck Monday. The results were revealed yesterday, and
Markakis was diagnosed with a small disc herniation – or small tear – in his
neck area and will be shut down by the team for at least a week, according to
Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com.
The Orioles do not expect Markakis to require surgery at
this point, but his injury does carry with it a recovery period of seven to 14
days. Baltimore was hoping the issue that’s hampered Markakis throughout the
spring was spasms, but the current diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the right
fielder won’t be ready for Opening Day.
Best case scenario Markakis will be able to return to a
spring training lineup after his seven-day shut down period. If he doesn’t, he’ll
continue to be sidelined by the team until he’s able to recover.
Markakis is a pivotal player for the Orioles, both in the
field and at the plate. Last season the 29-year-old hit .298/.363/.471 with 28
doubles, three triples and 13 home runs over 471 plate appearances.
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