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Nick Markakis facing six-week rehab from abdominal surgery

Jan 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Nick Markakis underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn rectus abdominus muscle and may not be ready for the beginning of spring training.

Mark Zuckerman of notes that Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman missed six weeks after undergoing the same surgery and Markakis told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he won’t be cleared to do anything but walk for at least three weeks.

Connolly reports that the injury kept Markakis from doing any workouts this offseason, but when asked about his status for Opening Day the Orioles right fielder said: “I don’t think it’s an issue. It wont take me that long to get back in swing of things.”

If his recovery goes smoothly Markakis is probably right, but at the very least he figures to be behind schedule early in camp and may not be at 100 percent to begin the season even if he’s in the lineup.

  1. boh930 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Maybe the O’s are trying to Suck for Luck

  2. raven410 - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Yeeeeap..The Orioles are cursed. Angelos..please sell the team or slit your throat. Really don’t care which one you pick.

  3. randomdigits - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    This is going to interfere something fierce with Nick’s offseason workout.

    You can’t climb into a deer blind with an abdominal tear.

  4. fellspointbird - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Raw deal for the O’s, but hopefully he comes back strong. Zimmerman said that he changed his throwing motion after this injury, but I hope that Markakis doesn’t change anything. He’s quite good as is, maybe the F.O. should just get him a better belt buckle (is that possible?).

    • dwick21 - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Zimm with an altered throwing motion > nick markakis

  5. hammyofdoom - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Man its a shame how this guy’s career has gone. After his first year or two thought he’d be way way bigger than he is now, hopefully he comes back to par pretty quick

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