How valuable was Nick Markakis to the Orioles success this season?

It turns out they’re missing him quite a bit. MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko points out that the O’s are 29-21 with Markakis batting third and 13-16 heading into last night with others in that spot.

Markakis broke his hamate bone on May 29 and missed all of June recovering. Initially it was reported that he could return before the All-Star break, but that is doubtful now.

He took batting practice in Aberdeen on Monday for the first time since surgery on June 1.

Markakis was hitting .256, with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 50 games this season.