Fox on being DFA’ed, Markakis on 1B
Nick Markakis at first base? Yup. Markakis said he hasn’t played first since high school but he has been lobbying Showalter for a while.
“We had an extra inning game last year, three on the bench, we were getting short [on players], and I always watched him walk around,” Showalter said. “And you look at him, you look at certain guys that could play first base. I asked him about it and he said, ‘oh you’d make my whole day. I was a first baseman and pitcher coming out of college, and I’ve never played much outfield at all.’ Obviously he’s turned into a great right fielder.
I think it kind of gives him a day off too, kind of charges him. But I know it’s something that Nick likes to do anyway.”
Here’s what Markakis had to say…
“I didn’t know if I would get the opportunity, but I’ve always thought it would be fun to get another view and perspective of the game at a different position.
I think it just makes our lineup more versatile. It gets more guys in there with the injuries that we do have. Whatever helps the team, whatever makes the team better and allows us to get guys in there that need to get in there. Whatever helps the team. I’m up for the challenge. We’ll see how it goes.”
Also, I will have a full story up later, but here’s what Jake Fox had to say about being designated for assignment this morning.
[on how he took the news]
“You see it coming, this isn’t the first time I’ve been through it. I went through it last year. It basically comes down to numbers. [Manager Buck Showalter] didn’t see me getting any at-bats, we got Derrek Lee coming back [to Baltimore] tomorrow, and they wanted to take care of pitching first with Matusz coming back today.
He just didn’t feel like I was a good fit here, and it’s disappointing. Because I felt like I was a good fit here, I enjoyed it here, I liked the guys, I liked the team. It’s the same thing I went through last year with Oakland, where there just weren’t enough at bats for me. Everybody thinks I’m good enough to play for somebody else, just not for them. I feel like I’m kind of in the in between stage. It’s been difficult.
[on how tough these first months were after a great spring]
“It’s just a different job, coming off the bench. It’s just trial and error, like I told Buck. It’s still trial and error.
“It’s just been difficult having to learn a new job, I’m still learning how to do it. I’m hitting better but still not what I can do. And it’s just a matter of getting someplace where they are going to try to use me. And I think that’s what they are trying to do. They said this time period is going to take a long time because they are going to try to move me to a different team. They are going to put me on waivers and see what happens.”
[on what's net]
“I don’t think I would clear waivers, it’s possible. Anything’s possible…who knows what’s going to happen, all I can do is remain positive and believe this move is for the best. I’m going to go somewhere that’s going to give me an opportunity.”
[on if he has any interest playing in the Minors]
“I don’t. And for me I feel like it’s always an option to go overseas and play. I’m not ready to do that because I still feel like I can play every day at this level. And unfortunately this organization thinks I can’t. But I’m not going to believe it until its proven to me that I can’t play. So hopefully I will go someplace that will give me a chance to play.”