Injury Keeping Baltimore Orioles’ Nick Markakis from Spring Games
There are levels of success in those that perform on a major league level. In outfielders specifically there are professional defensive outfielders that don’t hit well and have never hit well but remain at the top level of baseball because of defensive skills alone. Those generally are not the type that starts every day. On the flip side you have power hitters that are terrible outfielders playing at the big league level as well.
Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is somewhere in the middle right now. During his career he has kept a batting average up around .300 which is extremely good. Still his overall run production could be better considering he is a .300 hitter most of the time. That isn’t to say he has to smash twenty bombs per season but knocking in at least 75 runs and scoring his share would be nice for the Orioles to see.
Right now Markakis isn’t able to work on any of that because of a disk herniation in the area around his neck. It will keep him out of action for a while longer. The Orioles are surely hoping he will be raring to go by opening day. One wonders though, if they might be looking at the outfielders that are playing in his stead during the current games. For example, Nate McLouth can be very productive at times. Is it possible this time away from the field could end up landing Markakis with partial playing time?
That is pure speculation on my part but it stands to reason that he if he continues to be somewhat productive instead of very productive, he isn’t exactly putting a lockdown on the position he is playing. Hopefully for his sake, Markakis will heal and be able to hit the field running with numbers like he put up in his first few seasons. If he doesn’t, I would be looking at options if I were the Orioles staff.