A few notes

*Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis hit off a tee, threw and ran at the team’s spring facility in his first day of baseball activities since suffering a small disk herniation in his neck earlier this month.

“He’s got that [sic] grin on his face where he’s going, ‘Why are we doing this? Why don’t we just start playing games?,” manager Buck Showalter said of Markakis, who last played March 1 and is targeting being ready for Opening Day.

To do that, he will play in a lot of games at the Minor League complex and Markakis will progress to some soft toss on Saturday and could hit live batting practice off some of the coaches on Sunday.

“Don’t hold me to it, but that’s what the plan is,” said Showalter, who sat down with Markakis several days ago to map out a schedule that will have him getting at-bats starting next week.

Markakis was cleared on Thursday after speaking with spine specialist Dr. Lee Riley and he’s been receiving regular treatment and is pain-free with full range of motion returned in his neck and upper back. He has played in four games this Grapefruit League season, going 3-for-12 with an RBI and two strikeouts and will probably lead off in multiple Minor League games to catch him up to speed quickly.

Slated to be the team’s starting right fielder, Markakis has played in at least 160 games in three of the last four seasons.

*Reliever Mark Hendrickson is due back in camp on Saturday after flying home on for the birth of  his daughter in York, Pa. on Wednesday.

*Ed Flaherty, the father of Orioles infielder Ryan, won his 800th game on Thursday which made him the 13th coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the milestone.  Flaherty’s overall career record now stands at 800-370-4 over 28 seasons.

*Tsuyoshi Wada threw today as did T.J. McFarland, who continues to impress the organization.

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