It’s another frustrating day for Orioles fans. Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun reported on Friday that O’s right fielder Nick Markakis underwent surgery on his abdomen for an injury he suffered at the end of the 2011 season.
Offseason surgeries are always concerning, especially for guys making $11 million a year. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out who’s to blame for letting this one slip by for so long. The training staff? Markakis? Either way it’s another blunder for a team that seems to be set up for another disappointing season.
Just how serious was the injury? Markakis told Connolly that Dr. William Meyers, who performed the surgery” called it a “very severe injury” and “didn’t know the extent until he got in there and cleaned it up.”
Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a similar surgery performed by Meyers last season and took six weeks to recover. Connolly points out that Zimmerman was not 100 percent upon his return.
Markakis hasn’t been able to train this offseason with the injury. He said he’s three weeks away from lifting, four or five weeks away from any baseball activity and is hopeful to play on Opening Day against the Twins in April.
I’m glad Markakis is optimistic. Hopefully it’ll help the fans who have got to be wondering how this thing slipped by the Orioles.
The sliver lining of this is that it could possibly (though probably not) explain Nick’s utter lack of power last season … that and it probably means more Nolan in the lineup. Heath and I rejoice!
Struck up the Ringling Brothers circus music.
Can we deal him to Atlanta?
Typical Oriole’s luck.While I am always ready to blame the organization I can’t do so in this instance. This is all on Markakis. He is the only one who knew how bad he felt. I could have see waiting 4-6 weeks after the season to see if it clears yp but not 3 months. He should have been having surgery Nov. 5 not January 5. In all honesty whether or not Markakis is ready for the start of the season doesn’t really matter. They will lose between 90-100 games whether he is in the starting lineup on opening day or in Florida continuing to rehab.
This doesn’t matter at all,,,,,,,these clowns have a padlock on last place,,,,,,,,,,,,”
I saw that hopefully he is ok.
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