Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who has been rehabbing from offseason abdominal surgery, is slated to play in his first Grapefruit League game Wednesday at home against the Pirates.

And while Markakis will be the Orioles' starting designated hitter, he said he's not far away from playing in the field.

"I don't think I'm far away at all," Markakis said. "I just need to ease my way into it and get a couple of games at DH under my belt and then move on out."