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Nick Markakis is “good to go” for spring training

Jan 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Nick Markakis wasn’t able to make it back from September thumb surgery in time for the playoffs, but the Orioles outfielder said yesterday on WBAL radio in Baltimore that he’s “good to go” for spring training.

Markakis had been one of league’s most durable players prior to undergoing three different surgeries last season, playing just 104 games while hitting .298 with 13 homers and an .834 OPS that was his highest since 2008.

“I’ve had no setbacks,” Markakis said, via Roch Kubatko of “My thumb feels good. Everything couldn’t have gone better.”

According to Markakis he would have been ready to rejoin the Orioles’ lineup had they advanced to the World Series, so he should be at full strength by now.

  1. fellspointbird - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Still wondering what could have been, had he been with the O’s in NY. The fact that it was not only CC who knocked him out, but also got the win in game 5 was quite frustrating from this fan’s perspective.

    • dcfan4life - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Im not sure it would have mattered. Detroit i think was always taking the AL.

    • rockthered1286 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Think about it this way: Nicky could have been the difference in clinching the AL East in the final weeks of the regular season had he played, giving the team additional rest and forcing the Yanks into the wildcard game against Texas, and with Yanks struggling bats at the time, who knows if they would’ve even made it to the next round. Meanwhile the O’s would’ve had home field advantage for the ALDS, which I think would’ve sent them into the ALCS and who knows from there…

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