Markakis no longer thinking about abdomen

Markakis no longer thinking about abdomen

TORONTO -- Nick Markakis lunged for Yunel Escobar's line drive in the seventh inning of Saturday's win over the Blue Jays, making a catch he's made countless times before.

But for Markakis, who is coming off abdominal surgery in January, his first successful dive this season -- which is how he suffered the abdominal tear -- was the final step in his recovery.

"I'm not thinking about it anymore, I think that's the biggest thing," said Markakis, who didn't play the field in Spring Training until mid-March. "Obviously I had to get comfortable. Now, I'm going to go out there and do my job and try to help the team win. It's all past me now."

Markakis is no longer receiving treatment on the area, although he is keeping up with some lower body maintenance work to keep his legs strong. Following the snag of Escobar's liner, Markakis threw the ball in and went back to his spot in right field with no problems, which was a welcome sight for manager Buck Showalter.

"He dove and caught it and I kind of looked away and then I looked back over to right field and he was moving well," Showalter said. "That was good to see.

"I was talking to [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] in the dugout after the play and said, 'Does he come in for any treatment?' Nothing. He's moved on, knock on wood."