Nick Markakis enters the final year of his four-year deal with the Braves as the organization's crop of young prospects moves closer to taking over at the big-league level. Despite an extreme lack of power, especially for a corner outfielder, Markakis was deployed predominantly in the heart of the order for Atlanta last season. Thanks to his ability to control the strike zone and spray the ball to all fields, Markakis is a viable run producer with a decent batting average floor (he hasn't hit worse than .269 in a season in his 12-year career). If the lineup around him continues to improve, it may come at the expense of his place in the batting order and overall volume of playing time. Entering his age-34 season, there's no reason to think the 20-homer pop he flashed early in his career with Baltimore is going to come back, even with the opportunity to play half of his games in a home park that boosted left-handed power in its inaugural year.
Markakis (personal) is starting in right field and batting cleanup Thursday against the Marlins. Markakis was back home in Baltimore and missed Wednesday's game against the Mets for personal reasons, but he was able to meet the team in Miami and is ready to go for Thursday's series opener against the Marlins. The 33-year-old, who owns a .276/.355/.388 line with eight homers in 156 games this season, will face Dillon Peters in his return to action.
Markakis has returned home to Baltimore for a personal reason but could rejoin the team this weekend in Miami, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He has started the last 16 games, hitting .219/.275/.281 over that span. With only four games left in the regular season after Wednesday's game against the Mets, Markakis can be dropped in the majority of single-season formats. He is under contract for another season, but the Braves could look to cut bait this offseason or simply relegate the 33-year-old outfielder to bench duty with top prospect Ronald Acuna set to debut early in 2018.
Markakis is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Mets. He has started the last 16 games, hitting .219/.275/.281 over that span. Markakis is under contract for another season, but the Braves could look to cut bait this offseason or simply relegate the 33-year-old outfielder to bench duty with top prospect Ronald Acuna set to debut early in 2018. Lane Adams is starting in right field and hitting eighth.
Markakis (wrist) is in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins. As planned, Markakis will return to action Sunday following a three-game absence from the starting lineup. He'll start in right field and hit fourth in the order.
Markakis (wrist) is targeting a return for Tuesday's series opener against the Nationals, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. With this latest news, it appears likely that Markakis will sit out Saturday and Sunday so that his wrist can continue healing. The team doesn't play Monday, so he'll be able to get an extra day to rest before returning to action. Until Markakis is ready to play, look for Jace Peterson to continue starting in right field.