Markakis reportedly leaning toward neck surgery
Nick Markakis got his physical from the Braves on Friday, with the signing to become official after that, and he is learning toward having surgery to repair a herniated disc in his cervical spine according to multiple outlets.
FOXSports.com first reported the news that Markakis was leaning toward surgery and the Braves newest outfielder told reporters in Atlanta that he is considering it so he can start the season healthy. The latest development helps explain why the Orioles became hesitant to go a fourth year on Markakis, though Atlanta had Markakis evaluated by an independent specialist and had no issue with giving Markakis a four-year contract.
I’ll have more Markakis quotes from Atlanta to pass along shortly.