Markakis signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Braves on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The 35-year-old missed just over a month in 2019 with a fractured wrist, but still recorded a .285/.356/.420 slash line with nine home runs and 62 RBI. Markakis showed that he is still able to get on base consistently last season, but with a slew of young outfielders nearing the majors, he will likely only be in line for part-time work this season.
Markakis went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Royals. Markakis put the Braves on the board in the fourth inning with a run-scoring double before picking up another RBI in the fifth inning with a walk -- his first free pass since returning from the injured list earlier in the month. The outfielder added another double in the eighth inning, eventually coming around to score on an error by third baseman Hunter Dozier. Markakis is now slashing .324/.333/.412 with four runs and five RBI in eight games since returning from a fractured wrist.
Markakis is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants. Not every Braves regular is out Saturday, but several are after the team clinched its second straight division title with a win Friday. Ronald Acuna will slide over to right field to cover for Markakis as Billy Hamilton mans center.
Markakis is not in Thursday's lineup against the Phillies. He is 9-for-22 with zero home runs in five games since returning from injury. Adam Duvall and Rafael Ortega will start in the outfield corners.
Markakis went 1-for-4 in a 7-0 loss to the Nationals on Sunday. Markakis mustered one of only four hits on the day for the Braves, wrapping up a mostly productive weekend after he was reinstated from the injured list Friday. The 35-year-old immediately reclaimed an everyday role in left field in his return from the fractured left wrist, starting all three games versus Washington and going 7-for-13 with a double, three RBI and two runs.