Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis will miss the next two games while he attends his grandmother’s funeral. The Orioles have decided not to place Markakis on the bereavement list, which would have forced him to miss a minimum of three days. This way, the seven-year veteran will be able to suit up for Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I’m sure they have good reasons for the bereavement [rule] but you have to take all three days or none at all,” manager Buck Showalter said, according to Orioles.com. “Unless something happens, the bullpen gets blown up or we play 16 innings [Tuesday night] where we need the spot [in the bullpen], the plan right now is we go into tonight and then play short the next two days.”
Markakis was able to play in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros, but went 0-for-4 at the plate. Obviously, he was a little distracted by his personal life, which is why no one held the performance against him. Even though Markakis will be unable to suit up in the last two games of the series, the good news is the Orioles should be able to handle themselves against the Astros without his presence.
The 29-year-old was able to spend time with his grandmother after Sunday’s 4-2 win against the Detroit Tigers. In fact, he was with her for an hour before she passed away.
Markakis is batting .300 with seven home runs, 33 RBI, 12 doubles, 19 walks and 34 runs in 240 at-bats this season.