Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis walked into the visting clubhouse of Tropicana Field on Friday afternoon with his right arm in a sling after succesful morning surgery to remove a broken bone from his wrist.
Markakis tried to force a smile as he made his way to his locker.
"So how was your off day?" shortstop J.J. Hardy joked from the next locker over.
"Are you off the anesthesia enough to talk to people?" Orioles manager Buck Showalter said as he walked by moments later as Markakis spoke with reporters.
For the first time in his major-league career, Markakis — one of the most durable players in the game — has been forced to the disabled list after breaking the hamate bone in his wrist.
Markakis played at least 160 games the past three seasons and has missed just 10 total games over the past five seasons. This spring, Markakis made a steady recovery from offseason abdominal surgery to make the Opening Day lineup.
The procedure — which was performed by nationally renowned hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield and took just 20 minutes — removed the broken "hook" portion of the bone, which isn't necessary. So the recovery time depends on how quickly he recovers from the swelling and the incision healing.
Nick Markakis eying quick return from wrist surgery
Baltimore Sun | Jun 2