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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. sophiethegreatdane - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Fucking Yankees.

    • sictransitchris - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Nice language. My eyes are not garbage pails, sir.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        Perhaps you should exit the internet realm if one F word so offends thee.

      • rarson - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Put your big boy pants on and stop being a baby about a sequence of letters.

  2. randygnyc - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Too bad about Nick, hope he heals up quickly.

    My 2cents on the game since you didn’t bother mention the outrageous ending.. I’ve always been consistent, with regards to umpiring. I want them to get the call right, even if it means the team I root for always loses. So, with that in mind, I’m furious with Jerry Meals blown call this evening. It was so blatantly amateurish, I’d say he deserves to have his career end because of it. Yes, terminate his livelihood. He does not deserve to umpire in the major leagues. And a reminder to Bud, if you think having clowns like Meals determine the outcome of important games, is good for the game, you should resign immediately. There are technological options. You should review what they are and then replay them, over and over, in your small, feeble mind.

    • dondada10 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      It was a really bad call. I don’t know if he should be fired, but if MLB sat him down the rest of the season I would be appropriate.

      He was safe by a solid foot.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        A foot? How about 5?

      • baltomar - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        Nice photoshop!

      • hojo20 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM

        Looked out to me. Go O’s!

      • flavadave10 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        Guys. Check out how many sunflower seeds are on the ground. That is impressive.

    • skeleteeth - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:21 PM


      • dannylaruso - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        Would have tied the game. I don’t feel bad for the yankees……Jeffery Maier

    • hittfamily - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      That was an awful call. The only consolation is that the Rays got effed in the A too. Carlos Pena had a 2-2 count and was the tying runner when he was called out on strike 3 to end it. The ball was an 8″outside backdoor slider, that was more backdoor than slider.

    • jason9696 - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:38 AM

      Seriously terrible call to end the game. But who cares it was only against the Yankees.

    • voteforno6 - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:58 AM

      So, for once the Yankees have a call go against them. Tragic.

  3. bostonbruinsfan33 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Ugh. Got to watch it happen on TV in real-time, and you could hear the ball hit his hand. You knew right away that it didn’t sound at ALL good. Heal up quickly, Markakis!!

  4. randygnyc - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    He had a similarly atrocious call last year at home plate that went against the pirates that literally changed the trajectory for the remainder of their season. Yes, he needs to be fired.

    • paperlions - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      Yeah, we should just start firing everyone one their first mistake. You do realize, don’t you…that if you started firing guys for bad calls, pretty soon bad umpiring would decide every game, because everyone good at it would already have been dismissed.

      If he got the call wrong on purpose, sure….but guys make mistakes in their jobs everyday, doesn’t mean you make a far bigger mistake by over-reacting.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        Except it wasn’t his first mistake, and this one was pretty bad. Firing is probably too harsh a punishment, but what about a suspension?

        And here’s the crew chief’s response, this is face palm worthy as well:

      • rarson - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        Seriously, did everyone forget how bad NFL officiating was last year (and years prior, for that matter)? And it’s FAR WORSE with replacement refs. Face it guys, these are human beings, they’re going to make mistakes. But as bad as we like to think they are, it can ALWAYS get worse (Angel Campos, Joe West, CB Bucknor).

  5. 8man - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Sabbathia is a fat hack! I’d love to see his record if he weren’t pitching for a team that led the league in runs score.

    Next man up! And that thumb may heal quicker than people expect. Go Os!

    • hammyofdoom - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      He never had a losing record in 7 complete seasons while playing with the Cleveland Indians. That should get him a medal if anything

  6. thatyankeedude - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Randynyc u saved me about 10 minutes typing something similar to what you said. You sir are 100% correct, get idiot umpires like that out of the game.

  7. jmmsr1 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Bad call for an important September game. Don’t mind losing but not on bad call by ump.

    • skeleteeth - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      What’s worse: one bad call or giving up 12 homeruns in 3 games?

  8. baltomar - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Fans that complain about one call crack me up. How about all the bad strike out calls on the O’s because Sabathia was pitching and it’s the Spankees. Sabathia should be suspended for as long as Markakis is out because he hit him on purpose.

    • dondada10 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      No he didn’t. Hell, C.C. even argued that it was a foul ball.

      • baltomar - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        Wrong dude. He broke his hand and complained it’s a foul? Whiney BS. He threw inside, hit him, and he’s injured. One of the best pitchers in baseball? Accident? Suspended!

      • dondada10 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:43 PM

        Whoa, I never said C.C. is one of the best pitchers in baseball. I’m a Mets fan, buddy.

        But come on, C.C. didn’t throw at him with the intention of hitting him. And he definitely didn’t want to hurt him.

    • sictransitchris - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      You are a dolt.

    • thevauntedchris - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      you have to be better than this, right?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      Sabathia was pitching and it’s the Spankees

      If you want to be taken seriously, don’t do this. And that one bad call cost the Yanks the game, which is more than you can say about ball/strike counts.

      • baltomar - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:51 PM

        Taken seriously? This is a comment section. Most that comment are drunk or stupid. Like their opinion matters. I’m in the former, I guess your in the latter. It’s a long season and bad calls happen. Stop complaining.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:56 PM

        Actually this place has had a lot of long time comments who are far from either drunk or stupid. This isn’t PFT, we try to keep some form of decorum around here.

        It’s a long season and bad calls happen. Stop complaining

        Except how many bad calls are directly responsible for a team losing like this one was? And it’s hilarious that you want me to “stop complaining” when you “complained” that Sabathia should be suspended as long as Markakis is out. Nice hypocrisy you got going there…

      • baltomar - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:01 AM

        You’re funny.

      • baltomar - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        You can’t quote me; “complained” when I never said complained. He should definitely be suspended but MLB sucks with holding players accountable for their actions.

      • paperlions - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:37 AM

        That bad call didn’t cost the Yankees the game, it was just the final call. All the Yankees had to do was play better the other 8 2/3 of the game and that call wouldn’t have mattered.

        Is it frustrating? Sure, always is….but in fact, the Yankees had dozens of opportunities to do things better in order to win the game and they didn’t. Even if Meals gets the call right, there is still a greater than 50% chance the Yankees lose the game.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

        Even if Meals gets the call right, there is still a greater than 50% chance the Yankees lose the game.

        Slightly, it’s about a 51% chance going into the bottom of an inning in a tied game for the home team to win; however, that call directly affected the Yanks chance of winning seeing as how if the call is right, they continue on playing. The call was wrong so the Yanks lost.

  9. randygnyc - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    8man- we certainly hope nick heals quickly. We know how it feels to lose a key player as arod just sat 6 weeks. Markakis got hit on a 1-2 count. It wasn’t intentional. As for CC, hes a former cy young winner for Cleveland and then singlehandedly carried an overated brewers team into the playoffs. All before ever donning the pinstripes.

  10. thevauntedchris - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Bad call. Awful..Robot umps please for the 1000th time…but let’s not downplay the fact that CC didn’t come up big once again…and the yankees had the bases loaded in the 9th and couldn’t get a ball out of the infield. Typical.

    And only stupid people slide into first. And if you slid due to an injury, don’t play. You hurt the team and yourself, Mark. And now you are out longer. Dumb. Dumb. Dumber.

  11. sictransitchris - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Bad calls that go against the Bankees, Spankes, Tankees and/or Yankmes are acceptable because my obsessive hatred of a team is more important than the integrity of the game I love.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:17 AM

      I have a feeling that the 11 thumbs down thus far are from people who aren’t so good at picking up sarcasm.

  12. ravensoriolesnation - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    I was at the game and love the Os but that was a very bad the end.of the game, it was a playoff atmosphere at Camden Yards and the umps need to do a high quality job that umpire should face some type of punishment. The blown call would have tied the game 5-5 in the 9th ….what a mess for the Yankees I would be pissed , Markakas finally makes to the possible playoff baseball and CC breaks his hand. get well soon Nick..

  13. hittfamily - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Time for A fraud to head right back to the DL

    • thevauntedchris - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      never ceases to amaze me. A random comment about a dude who has done nothing but rake in the week he’s been back. And supposedly a good teammate who helps younger players. So much hate because he gets paid ungodly amounts of money and can do whatever he wants. Was he supposed to tell stupid hank steinbrenner to pay him less? I hate the whole idea of comments on the internet. Shut it all down!!!!!! I liked it better when I didn’t know so many d’asses existed

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        He’s a TB fan, so take his comments with a grain of salt.

  14. baltomar - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Only Yankees fans could take a post about an unfortunate, purposely inflicted injury to a player and make it about an umpire and a Yankees loss. Classless. Oh sorry, the Red Sox fans would probably do the same thing.

    • jamaicanjasta - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      I’m a Braves fan (hence no love for the Yankees) and I’ll tell you there’s no way he’s going to purposefully injury someone on a 1-2 count. And if he has the pinpoint accuracy to hit someone in the hand on purpose, he wouldn’t have gotten shelled for those HR’s early.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      @baltomar: Stop it. You’re making the rest of us look bad.

  15. thatyankeedude - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    The most serious question isn’t if Tex was safe but when will orioles fans stop being stupid? It’s like playing a one on one basketball game with a little kid. Sure they have some nice shots and you let them hang in there with you for a little bit just to boost their self esteem so they won’t cry. but then as the game progresses you get sick and tired of being tied and you simply desory them. Their self esteem comes back down to earth and they will always know deep down inside they will never beat you. That’s the kind of relationship the Yankees have with the orioles:)

    • baltomar - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      Great reply! Your arrogance suits you so well.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      Right about the time that Yankee fans stop being arrogant, self entitled, egotistical, pompous jerks who feel that the entirety of MLB is there to supply them with talent and cater to their every whim. (That’s what ESPN and FOX are here for.) Boston’s had to learn that lesson the hard way, and the Yankees are just the next team up to bat.

      I find it hilarious that when the Yankees get a bad call, they act like they are being personally victimized and that bad calls don’t ever happen. I can think of a few dozen off the top of my head that have severely hindered the Orioles, or cost them games this year, including most ridiculous ejection I have ever seen. Note, not a single Yankee fan here has brought up how their strike zone is typically half the size it is for every other team in the league, or how really, Mark Teixeira could have been easily thrown out of that game one inning earlier for very loudly arguing balls and strikes. On top of that, if you want a close call to go your way, don’t slide into fist. Not only does it make you look like a moron, it makes it MUCH more difficult for an umpire to make the call.

      And since you ended with a smile, I will do the same. :)

    • micktanner - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      Really yankedude…these orioles will take the season series from you tomorrow! Your aging overpaid Yankees are on their way down to the middle of the AL east and you are living in your past dude! And to listen to you all cry about a bad call like little bitches gives me great pleasure since you have been on the right side of so many bad calls by these bozo’s for years…hell decades. Your probably too young to remember Jeffrey maier so just go to bed son.

    • flavadave10 - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      I almost felt bad about Teixeira’s injury until I remembered that idiots like you exist.

  16. vallewho - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Only the morons running MLB can make a case for not getting calls right.

    Thank you Bud. Thank you MLB. Thank you World Umpires Association… For another clear example of why you suck.

    What will it take? A playoff game? Game 7 of the WS?

  17. onbucky96 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    What, can’t the Yankees beat the O’s without help from Jeffry Maier?

    • sophiethegreatdane - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:12 AM

      As an O’s fan, can I submit my request to officially end the Maier comments? It’s been over 15 years now. Let’s not dwell on it like the Sawks did with poor Buckner.

      • vallewho - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        onbucky96 – have you looked at the W/L record for the last 15 years?

  18. raysfan1 - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Truly unfortunate for Markakis. Hope gets better quickly.

    As for the Texeira play…yes, it was an awful call, but if he runs through the bag instead of sliding, he probably beats the throw by enough that even the visually challenged ump can’t blow it.

  19. ravensoriolesnation - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    nice mick well sead…

  20. jason9696 - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    The Yankees are a bunch of gutless pukes. Especially that fat fvck Sabathia. I hope whoever’s pitching for the Orioles later in the day nails Jeter in the ribs.

    They always seem to get calls going their way. So it was nice to see Texeira called out to end the game even though he was clearly safe. Maybe he should have ran through the base instead of sliding.

  21. derek2957 - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    OK first and foremost total orioles fan here and texiera was safe by about half a mile. That being said the call didn’t cost the Yankees the game. As ravens fans have learned over the years if you leave the game close enough for the officials to be the deciding factor, you run the risk of them kicking the call. What cost the Yankees the game was not scoring more runs than the orioles before it got to that point. I’m sure orioles fans were whining about the phantom hbp last night and I would say the same to them. Umps are human and make terrible calls from time to time. ..ask Jim Joyce and gallaragga. It happens and the bottom line is of you leave the game in the umpires hands you take it out of yours. Also that would have tied the game and a tie certainly wouldn’t mean a win if I recall Thursday night incorrectly.

  22. rockthered1286 - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Sorry I’m tardy to the party folks. As most frequent PFTers know, I’m a die hard O’s fan. I comment on every article and I speak my mind. That being said, I cannot ever recall @Baltomar posting before and I wish he stayed that way. Total embarrassment to ALL O’s fans and honestly the game of baseball. He was out by 3 feet. And Nicky was not hit intentionally. Shut up and get over it. Do you think the birds are in the dugout crying fowl? NO. It’s next man up. No problem filling 2B with a solid replacement. We’ll be just fine. In Buck we trust.

    Also to Yankeedude- dont be an arrogant prick. Your hubris is a bit off base when the O’s have won 2 of 3 this series and won all 3 series in the Bronx this season. With a third of the payroll. Difference? Buck > Girardi hands down.

  23. bbk1000 - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    This happens in baseball all the time. In the past the strike zone has widened by 18 inches when it gets to extra innings or the temperature gets into the 40’s.

    This was as bad as the Denkinger call, we’ll see what the ramifications are later.

  24. bbk1000 - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Meals’ also could have cost the Dodgers a victory earlier this year when a runner who tagged up and scored was called out by the bonehead for leaving too early. The runner clearly did not leave early….this guy just stinks.

  25. randomdigits - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    The blown call is irrelevant in the long run, CC ended the O’s season when he hit Markakis. They have no one else that can hit leadoff and the drop off in production in right field will be brutal.

    The O’s won the battle but the war is over.

    And to think an obnoxious Yankee fan at work was complaining to me before the series started how HIS guys were going to get thrown at…

    • mazblast - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      The Yankees still may get thrown at. Buck may wait until the game is decided, then flash the sign that says, “One order of ribs, to go”. I doubt that even that will happen, though.

      Also, I don’t think the O’s season is over. They’ve got a team full of overachievers this year, and someone may step up in Markakis’ absence.

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