Markakis dealing w. bone bruise, at “75 percent”

Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis was dealing with a pelvic issue that worsened the last few weeks of the 2011 season and the 27-year-old said in conference call Wednesday morning that he’s still only about “75 percent”.

Markakis, who isn’t worired that the injury will alter his offseason program, called the injury a bone bruise in his lower abdomen region, said it happened during the team’s last trip to Toronto the second weekend of September.

“I just felt my belt buckle go into my pelvic bone,” Markakis said of one particular play.  “And it knocked me up pretty good just repeatedly diving into it during the season.”
Discussing his first Gold Glove award with reporters, Markakis confessed it felt like a “dagger in his stomach” when he dove for a ball down the line during the Orioles’ second to last game against the Red Sox. He left the team’s final game with the injury and said Wednesday the only thing to do right now is rest and let the area heal.

Owner of a career .992 fielding percentage — which ranks him first among active American League right fielders — Markakis finished the 2011 season with a perfect fielding percentage in 325 chances. The 27-year-old Markakis had 14 assists, including three double plays, in 157 games in right field. He also appeared in three games as a first baseman and one at designated  hitter.

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