The possibility of Orioles right fielder Nick Markakisreturning from a broken left thumb in time to help the Orioles in the postseason took a hit Monday.

Markakis saw hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield before the Orioles' series opener against the Rays here in Tampa Bay hoping he would get two pins removed from the thumb, but the doctor decided to postpone removing the pins another week.

"It was just crushed too bad in there and I had a lot of pieces here and there," Markakis said. "Probably on a clean break, they've probably come out today, but my situation is a little different.