Orioles’ Markakis sidelined about another week

Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has been diagnosed

with a small herniated disc in his neck and will be out about

another week.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter made the announcement on Tuesday

morning.

Markakis was scratched from the Orioles lineup on March 3 with

neck spasms, and had an MRI on Monday. He was told he’d miss two

weeks, but since he’s already rested it for a week, Markakis should

be ready to play next week.

Showalter says Markakis has returned to Baltimore to see a spine

specialist.

In 2012, Markakis had surgeries on his abdomen, right hand and

left thumb. He has played in an average of 160 games a year in his

previous five seasons.