Markakis out through Sunday after neck flares up

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis re-aggravated his neck on Thursday and will not play in any of the team's games through Sunday.

"He was playing with his kids yesterday and had it flare up again," manager Buck Showalter said of Markakis, who came in last Sunday with a neck spasm and hasn't played since. "He was back, by the time I left [the Ed Smith Stadium complex], he was back to where he was before yesterday.

"So, he's still close, but I wouldn't say Sunday. I'll probably wait a little bit on that one just to be sure."

Nolan Reimold, who has been dealing with a sore right shoulder, was throwing at the team's complex on Friday, although there are no immediate plans for him to get back in the field. Reimold exited last Friday's game after two innings, and Showalter said he's available right now as a designated hitter as the team is also erring on the slower side with that injury.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden (lower back) said Friday he is feeling better, and Showalter said he could return to spring games on Monday if all goes well up until then.

"I was pretty much a full participant in yesterday's workout and I'm going to do it again today," Teagarden said. "Make sure that the back feels good. It's responding well and I'm not waking up feeling stiff and achy. I feel all right today. I'm going to go out there and hit BP again and run around and do all my stuff, catch bullpens, and I suspect that I'll feel pretty good tomorrow morning."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.