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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Orioles' Nick Markakis (neck) questionable for Opening Day

By on 3/30/2014 04:30:00 PM

Baltimore Orioles Gold Glove right fielder Nick Markakis has been dealing with a herniated disk for over a year, with sporadic flare-ups this spring It hasn't improved as much as manager Buck Showalter would like, tweets Roch Kubatko of MASN, so Showalter is making contingency plans.

Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
Markakis, 30, was an Orioles first-round draft pick in 2003 and has been with the organization ever since. He is on a $15 million contract for 2014 with an option for 2015 ($2 million buyout). The talented outfielder made his debut on April 3, 2006 and has been on Baltimore's Opening Day roster for the last seven seasons. A troublesome stiff neck could mean that streak is broken in 2014. 

A career .292 hitter, Markakis' offense dropped off significantly in 2013 to .271/.329/.356, making him below average for his position (OPS+ of 86, 100 is average). As discussed in this article by Stacey Folkemer, a critical issue for Baltimore is whether he can bounce back to his norm. 

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  1. Who Wants to develop a 1980s orioles all over again?