Markakis and Tilllman updates
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who has a small herniated disk, will be sidelined at least another 7-10 days and remains optimistic that he will be ready when the regular season starts next month.
Markakis, who saw spine specialist Dr. Lee Riley in Baltimore on Tuesday, said the results of Monday’s MRI were confirmed and Riley said it’s a 2-3 weeks of rest and medication to let the inflammation and pain subside.
“It’s already been a week so we will see where are at in 7-10 days,” Markakis said. “But he also told me it could be 8-12 weeks before I’m completely symptom free. We’re looking on the positive side, we are going in the right direction with getting all the inflammation and pain out right now. And Opening Day definitely isn’t out of the picture, but if I’m not feeling good and I still have pain and discomfort in there, I got to get that fixed before anything.”
Markakis said once he finishes the medication in another five days his timetable is depending on how his body reacts and heals up. The 29-year-old last played in a spring game on March 1 and just stopping any baseball activity already has him feeling better.
“Ninety-five percent better from when it first happened,” he said. “So that’s a good thing. We just got to get that pain out of there and let it calm down.”
Markakis, one of the organization’s most durable players, had three three surgeries (abdominal, right wrist and left thumb) in 2012 and had played in at least 160 games in the three seasons prior to that. He has played in four Grapefruit League games this spring, going 3-for-12 with an RBI and two strikeouts.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman (abdominal soreness) said he’s feeling “much better” and he will throw in a simulated game of sorts tomorrow. Tillman still isn’t sure when he will get in an actual game, but he’s played catch with no problem and continues to receive treatment on the area.