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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Nick Markakis to have neck surgery Wednesday

By on 12/16/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Atlanta Braves are coming off a 79-win season and finished a distant 17 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East. The pitching staff appears to be solid for next season, but the Braves need to improve on an offense that was 29th in runs scored. One move that may help the Braves is the signing of outfielder Nick Markakis, pictured below with the Orioles. The bad but unsurprising news is that Markakis will undergo neck surgery tomorrow.

I reported on December 6 that the Braves agreed to a four-year contract with Markakis worth in the neighborhood of $45 million. The Braves made the signing, knowing that Markakis had problems with a bulging disc is his neck which may require surgery.

An update on Markakis, as reported by Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun, is that he will undergo preventive surgery which involves removing the bulging disc and having his neck fused. Markakis is confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.
“They said within four weeks I should be able to start my workout regimen, not full-go, but I’ll be able to start doing stuff again. And when I hit that six-to-eight-week level, I’ll be able to start doing baseball stuff. That will bring me toward February and get me ready for the baseball season.”
Markakis was signed to fill the void after the departure of Jason Heyward, who was traded along with Jordan Walden for to the St. Louis Cardinals for Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

Markakis hit .276 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in 155 games this past season. In 1,365 career games, all with the Orioles, Markakis has a batting average of .290 with 141 home runs and 658 RBI. 

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