Markakis out another week with small tear
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has a small disc herniation (which is a small tear) in his neck area and he will be out for at least another week although manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday the team doesn’t feel like Opening Day will be an issue.
Markakis, who had an MRI done in Florida on Monday, flew back to Baltimore Tuesday to be reexamined by spine specialist Lee Riley and he has already been sidelined a week in the 7-14 day healing process. Showalter said Markakis has been feeling better as of late and the news –while not good– isn’t the worst case scenario given that the rest of the area is structurally sound. The exact location of the injury is called a C4-C5 slight herniation.
The neck issue is the latest in an unfortunate injury bout for Markakis, one of the team’s toughest players, who had three surgeries (abdominal, right wrist and left thumb) in 2012. Slated to be the team’s starting right fielder, Markakis has played in at least 160 games in three of the last four years. He’s played in four games this spring, going 3-for-12 with an RBI and two strikeouts.