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Nick Markakis at least three weeks from returning

Oct 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Whatever odds Nick Markakis had of playing for the Orioles again this season took a hit today, as the team announced that he won’t have the pin removed from his fractured thumb as hoped.

Instead that will have to wait another week, which likely means Markakis is at least three weeks from potentially seeing game action.

Baltimore making a deep playoff run could make a Markakis return possible, but even that would assume no further setbacks and a seamless return from a pretty serious injury.

Markakis fractured his thumb being hit by a CC Sabathia pitch on September 8 and the Orioles have recently turned to Chris Davis as their primary right fielder in his absence, with Jim Thome taking over as designated hitter.

  1. sophiethegreatdane - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    :(

  2. randomdigits - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Most effective pitch a Yankee starter has thrown all season.

    I don’t ever want to hear Girardi whine about O’s pitchers throwing inside to his guys again.

  3. Loose Changeup - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    So how/where does he rehab? As an Orioles fan, I have no idea how this October baseball stuff works…

    • randomdigits - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      O’s have an instructional league going in Sarasota. That is where Thome and Patton were doing their rehab earlier.

  4. psuravens19 - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    I personally thought the Markakis injury would be the demise of this team, but they continued to battle and fight to make the playoffs… As much as I want to believe CC threw at him on purpose, I still don’t think he did. The O’s didn’t retaliate this season, which was smart at the time due to the importance of those games, but I do see it coming early next year.

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