After seeing a spine specialist in Baltimore on Tuesday, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis remains optimistic he will be recovered from a herniated disk in his neck and in the starting lineup on Opening Day. Markakis saw Johns Hopkins spine specialist Dr. Lee Riley and returned to Sarasota on Wednesday. He said he’s currently pain-free and his range of motion is returning. Markakis was scratched from the starting lineup March 1 after he woke up unable to move his neck. He has done no baseball activities since. “There’s a 2 to 3 week recovery from the time of injury, so it’s already been a week, so another week or two,” Markakis said. “I’m on a medication pack right now for the next six days and basically once the medication pack is done it basically goes on how I feel. “It’s not completely there, but the starting point is getting the pain and inflammation out of there and I think we’re on the right track. I’m pain free right now and hopefully it continues to go in the right direction.” Markakis said he doesn’t believe he will need many more at-bats to get ready for the season. He already has 12 at-bats this spring and needed just 24 at-bats last spring in recovering from offseason abdominal surgery. “I’m confident I’m going to be OK,” Markakis said. “Whether I’m there Opening Day or not, that [depends] just on how my body reacts and how I feel. If say I were to miss Opening Day, I don’t plan on missing too much time, maybe a week if necessary. But everything I’ve heard in talking to the doctors, I should be fine. I should be ready to go for Opening Day.
Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis optimistic he will be ready for Opening Day
Baltimore Sun | Mar 13