Ford out; Markakis on mend, but no timetable

Ford out; Markakis on mend, but no timetable

BALTIMORE -- Orioles outfielder Lew Ford injured his groin Sunday against Boston and was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day Tuesday.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter declined to provide any other details regarding the injury. Ford is batting .213 with three home runs in 19 games.

"I don't think it was in his best health interest to start the game today ... or [Monday]," Showalter said. "[Monday] it was as sore or sorer [than Sunday] and that's why we were cautious with it. Today, there does not seem to be a whole lot of improvement. But potentially, we could do some things if we so desire."

In other injury news, outfielder Nick Markakis appears to be on the mend after undergoing surgery for a broken left thumb last month. Markakis is no longer in a cast and hopes to have the pins taken out of his thumb next week in Tampa. However, there is no timetable for his return.

"Hopefully, it has the potential to be on the fast track," Showalter said.