Markakis eyes return to O's before All-Star break

Markakis eyes return to O's before All-Star break

BALTIMORE -- Although he is yet to pick up a bat, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is not ruling out a potential return before the All-Star break.

Markakis was not wearing any bandages and said his wound was mostly healed when he spoke to a group of reporters on Friday, but he added that he usually keeps it covered as a precaution.

Markakis has been on the 15-day disabled list since having part of his broken right hamate bone removed on June 1, and he was expecting to see a doctor Friday afternoon.

"It's getting there," Markakis said. "I'd like to get in some games before the break, and this way, I've got my feet a little wet going into the second half."

Although Markakis is yet to resume baseball activities, he said it was still a possibility he could play during the O's series against the Angels on July 5-8.

"I can say it's a possibility, anything is a possibility," Markakis said. "But I've just got to wait and see how my hand reacts, get this thing closed up and get the ball rolling."

On Thursday night, manager Buck Showalter said Markakis would not be traveling to Seattle for a series that starts on Monday. Instead, Markakis will continue his recovery with the local Minor League affiliates at Aberdeen and Bowie.

"I'd like to be back, but I don't know my healing process," Markakis said. "I've just got to wait, and only time will tell."