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Reports: Markakis underwent abdominal surgery

Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:25 pm
By Matt Snyder

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis had surgery Thursday to repair a muscle tear in his abdomen, according to multiple reports from the Baltimore area (

Markakis is reportedly "confident" he'll be in the Orioles opening-day lineup April 6, and it's worth noting that Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman missed six weeks last season after having the same procedure. Six weeks from right now is February 17, which gives Markakis another seven weeks until opening day, assuming he heals similarly to how Zimmerman did. Thus, he certainly should be ready to go when the season begins, barring serious setbacks.

Markakis, 28, hit .284/.351/.406 with 15 homers, 73 RBI, 72 runs and 12 steals last season for the Orioles, also winning a Gold Glove. He currently figures to sit in the middle of the Orioles lineup along with Adam Jones. If Markakis somehow did suffer a big setback and was forced to open the season on the disabled list -- which really seems like a longshot -- newly-signed Endy Chavez could open the season as the right fielder with Nolan Reimold playing left.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:49 pm

Reports: Markakis underwent abdominal surgery

The reason behind not jumping to trade Markakis lies in what Markakis is -- an extremely talented defensive right fielder who doesn't hit as well as many other corner outfielders.  He hasn't hit 20 HRs since 2008 and although his lifetime BA is .295, he's also due just shy of $60 million over the next four seasons.  Don't get me wrong -- I really like Markakis, but he's not the player you build around like Jones can be.  Plus, you have to consider if Markakis starts smashing the ball early in 2012 and gets on course for .300/25 HRs/100 RBIs, he's fulfilling his promise and the O's would be really challenged to get enough back in exchange.

Now as far as Jones is concerned, it all depends on what they can get in exchange.  I'm very hesitant to trade Jones since he's already posting numbers better than Markakis did last year and he'll only cost the team somewhere in the $6-7 million range for 2012.  He's clearly improving and if last season was a sign of things to come, he could be a 30 HR/100 RBI type that you do build an offense around.

The O's are in a tough spot because they've got a few tradeable commodities in Jones, Markakis, and Jeremy Guthrie.  But if they trade them and don't get a haul for them, the franchise is in even worse shape for the next decade-- if that's even possible after the last decade and a half of losing. 

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:28 pm

Reports: Markakis underwent abdominal surgery

If Duquette really is going to do a rebuild in Baltimore, realistically, why doesn't he trade Adam Jones, or Markakis? I'd be willing to bet that if either has a good first half, they will be trade bait at the deadline. Both are still young enough to continue to improve, but likely will be too expensive/potentially on the decline by the time the Orioles are relevant.

Wait until their value is at their highest, and then ship them out for a haul of arms. The Orioles haven't had a stud starting pithcer in what seems like forever. 

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