BALTIMORE -- Nick Markakis has still not been cleared to swing a bat, and the Orioles right fielder is now targeting a Friday return as he tries to return to the club before the All-Star break.
"It's frustrating, but that's the time the body needs to heal," Markakis said Tuesday, more than three weeks since having part of the hamate bone removed from his right wrist. "You can't rush it, just a matter of getting this incision closed up all the way. It's close, but hopefully [I'll be cleared in] a couple more days. We'll see."
On the disabled list for the first time in his career, Markakis has been with the team since his surgery and manager Buck Showalter isn't expecting to pencil him back in the starting lineup until at least July 5.
"There's a set procedure as far as what day [and] what have you," Showalter said. "But once he gets to that point [where he can swing], then we can start looking at the days. It's going to be close to the All-Star break. I don't see us getting him back before the Anaheim series at their place [July 5]."