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Nick Markakis to get MRI on neck

Mar 9, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

Orioles' Markakis hits a RBI-single off Yankees' Mitchell during the third inning of their MLB spring training game in Sarasota Reuters

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis just can’t seem to stay healthy. MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli reports that Markakis will get an MRI on his bothersome neck on Monday.

“Just to be on the safe side on Monday,” manager Buck Showalter said of Markakis, who last played March 1 and was improving until reaggravating the area on Thursday. “Monday or Tuesday. Think it’s Monday.”

Markakis was scratched from Sunday’s lineup when he reported having a neck spasm that morning upon arriving at the team’s facility.

2012 marked the first season in the 29-year-old’s career in which he didn’t play in at least 140 games. He played in 104, posting a .298/.363/.471 line. However, his 2012 was plagued with injuries as Markakis needed three different surgeries: his abdomen in January, his wrist in June, and his thumb in September.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    If it turns out it is broken, I say he should be out for at least a week.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Only a week? Are Orioles that tough?

  2. rockthered1286 - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Buck playing it safe in spring training. I’d rather see that then the ole “suck it up and get over it.” Save that for the postseason this year.

    • bigharold - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      “Save that for the postseason this year.”

      Aren’t we optimistic?? I think the Yankees, Jays and Rays will make it easier to say that then to actually do it.

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