Now Commenting On:

Markakis continuing to rest wrist before swinging

Markakis continuing to rest wrist before swinging

Markakis continuing to rest wrist before swinging
BALTIMORE -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis (right wrist surgery) has not been cleared to start hitting, and he will continue to rest this weekend in hopes of being able to start taking dry swings on Monday or Tuesday.

Markakis, who was re-examined on Friday, said he's no longer dealing with any soreness, but the area still needs to fully heal before he is allowed to pick up a bat.

  • 142 wins
  • 110 wins

"I'm not where I want to be right now, but that's coming from me," said Markakis, who is three weeks removed from having part of his right hamate bone taken out. "[The doctors] tell me I'm ahead of where I need to be, but this cut needs to close up, probably needs a couple more days.

"I see light at the end of the tunnel, I just want to take it [slow] and make sure it's all healed up."

Markakis was originally targeting a return before the team's current homestand concludes on July 1, and while he didn't back off that statement completely, the 28-year-old admitted it's impossible to speculate on a timetable.

"That's one thing I've learned throughout this process, being on the [disabled list for the first time] during the season," Markakis said. "You got to take it day by day, and when that time comes, it comes."

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 has taken a similarly aggressive stance with this injury, saying Friday he could still return well before the All-Star break.

When he does get cleared to hit, Markakis will start with dry swings and progress to tee work and batting practice before working his way up to a rehab assignment with one of the team's affiliates.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español