While Markakis had originally hoped to start hitting Friday -- which is the three-week mark from surgery to remove part of his right hamate bone -- manager Buck Showalter said of the plan, "I don't think [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] is looking at it that way right now."
Asked if Markakis could return before the team's upcoming homestand ends on July 1, which was his original goal, Showalter said: "I don't see that happening. But we'll see."
It's important to note the latest news on Markakis isn't necessarily a setback, as the 28-year-old is progressing ahead of schedule -- with the recovery time for surgery extending to six to eight weeks in some cases -- although he likely doesn't see it that way. On the disabled list for the first time in his career, Markakis has been traveling with the team and has been noticeably anxious to get back.
"Believe me, as much as he wants to be playing, we really want to get him off the DL for more reasons than just get him in the lineup," Showalter said. "He's a good load."
A hard-nosed player who prides himself on being in the lineup every day, Markakis started the team's first 50 games and made significant strides in his recovery from offseason abdominal surgery to be ready for Opening Day. He could be cleared to hit this weekend depending on how he is progressing, with the Orioles' trying to be cautious in making sure Markakis is fully healed.