For Baltimore Orioles RF Nick Markakis, the word “injury” is starting to become synonymous with breathing. As Markakis works his way back from a total of three surgeries, he has hit yet another bump in the road. This time a totally different part of the body ails him as he is dealing with neck spasms. Markakis was held out of the lineup Sunday as the Orioles took on the Philadelphia Phillies.
Thankfully, the injury is not a previous area that was injured. However, let’s hope that 2012 was just a fluke when it comes to injuries for Markakis. In fact, 2012 marked the first time the OF was placed on the DL. The seven year veteran can afford to take some time off as the Orioles have an off day on Monday and an away game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Typically the marquee players are held out of the lineup during away games to allow the younger/non-roster invitees some playing time.
Non-roster invitee Jason Pridie took over in RF in Markakis’ absence, and did quite well along with the rest of the Orioles lineup. Pridie went 1-for-3 with one HR and two RBI in a 12-3 win over the Phillies.
Wednesday looks to be the next day for Markakis to return to the O’s lineup. Hopefully this injury was the result of a bad night’s rest and nothing more. So far this Spring, Markakis has been relatively quiet with just a .250 average with no extra base hits in four games. The Orioles are counting on Markakis and the other injured birds to return to their respective spots in the lineup.