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Nick Markakis suffers broken thumb, out six weeks

Sep 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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Horrible news here for the first-place Orioles.

According to Richard Justice of, outfielder Nick Markakis has been diagnosed with a broken bone in the middle of his left thumb and is expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks.

Markakis suffered the injury in the sixth inning Saturday after getting struck with a CC Sabathia fastball that was clocked at 93 mph. He was immediately taken into the clubhouse for X-rays and was spotted hugging O’s manager Buck Showalter when he popped back into the dugout about 30 minutes later. The diagnosis was finally revealed after the game.

Markakis, 28, was batting .298/.363/.471 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI through 104 games played.

Baltimore will have to make a deep run into the postseason in order for him to return to action this year. Which is going to be difficult with Lew Ford and Nate McLouth serving as the starting corner outfielders.

  1. watermelon1 - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Making it sound like Mclouth is a liability? He’s about the only resemblance of a base stealer on the orioles entire roster. And he’s pretty good in the field as well.

    But yes, the orioles will miss what has been a pretty steady bat who has made opposing pitchers pitch instead of helping them out.

    Maybe Xavier Avery gets another shot now.

  2. mrredlegz - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    And, since it is September and rosters have been expanded to 185, Markakis will not be placed on the DL because somewhere, someone knows that I could really stand to pick up a 2-start pitcher for the coming scoring period. Double whammy.

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