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Markakis resting, recovering from bone bruise

Markakis resting, recovering from bone bruise

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Markakis resting, recovering from bone bruise
BALTIMORE -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who dealt with a pelvic issue that worsened the final few weeks of the regular season, said on Wednesday that he's still only about "75 percent" healthy.

Markakis isn't worried that the injury, which he called a bone bruise in his lower abdomen region, will alter his offseason program. He suffered the injury during the team's trip to Toronto during the second weekend of September.

"I just felt my belt buckle go into my pelvic bone," Markakis said. "And it knocked me pretty good, just repeatedly diving into it during the season."

While discussing winning his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award during a conference call with reporters, Markakis said the injury felt like a "dagger in his stomach" when he dove for a ball down the foul line during the Orioles' penultimate game against the Red Sox. He came out early during the season finale because of the injury, and said Wednesday the only thing he can do is rest and let the area heal.

The owner of a career .992 fielding percentage -- which ranks him first among active American League right fielders -- Markakis finished the 2011 season with a perfect fielding percentage in 325 chances in right field. The 27-year-old had 14 assists, including three double plays, in 157 games. He also appeared in three games as a first baseman and one as the designated hitter.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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