Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis’ neck spasms are causing some issues. Unfortunately, the injury will force him to miss time in Spring Training.
Markakis insists that the neck spasms should not alarm any fans and that it is not a big concern as of right now. Even though he was forced to sit out Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he is confident that he should return to action after a few days of quality rest.
The neck spasms most likely have some people in the organization worried, considering Markakis is projected to be the starter in right field as well as the two-hole hitter this season. However, the good news is that it is only spring and the team can allow Markakis to recover at his own pace as there is no immediate rush to return to the lineup.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has stated that he intends to keep Markakis out of Tuesday’s lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays and Wednesday’s game against Spain. However, he added that the 29-year-old probably would have been able to suit up if this was the regular season and the team needed him to play.
Markakis batted .298 with 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 28 doubles last season in 420 at-bats. He missed 58 games in 2012 due to two separate injuries. He spent time on the disabled list from May 30 to July 8 after undergoing surgery to remove part of the hamate bone in his right wrist. He then was forced to miss the rest of the season starting on Sept. 8 after being struck by a wild pitch that broke his thumb.