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 (MASNsports.com).
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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