PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Nick Markakis looked good when he took the field at the Orioles complex on Friday morning. He hit off a batting tee, ran and threw, manager Buck Showalter said before the start of Friday’s game with Tampa Bay.
On Saturday, he’ll some more, and he’ll probably be going to Twin Lakes Park next week to make up some of the at-bats he’s lost in the nearly three weeks he’s been out since suffering a small herniated disk in his neck.
Markakis, who has long since wearied of daily medical updates, said he was glad to be cleared on Thursday to resume getting ready for the season.
“That's what I was hoping for. I don't know exactly what I'm going to do today, but I'll do a little bit and get reevaluated tomorrow and go from there," Markakis said.
He was 3-for-12 in his first four games before getting scratched from the March 3 game with neck spasms.
"I think the way I have it planned out, I can always go over to the minor leagues and get ABs. I'd like to get in three or four games before and that will put me right around 25 at-bats going into the season. That's if we don't have any setbacks, and hopefully we don't have any," Markakis said.