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22 Nick Markakis RF
Height/Weight: 6-1/175 | Birthdate: 11/17/1983 | Birthplace: Glen Cove, NY | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Atlanta | College: Young Harris College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $15,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 67/52 | Average Draft Position: 206.94
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Braves' Markakis, Simmons remain atop lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Braves right fielder Nick Markakis is leading off and shortstop Andrelton Simmons is batting second for the second straight game Sunday.

Both players saw their first appearances in those respective positions in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Phillies and will reprise their roles Sunday. In addition, lefty Kelly Johnson is batting cleanup for the first time this season, with first baseman Freddie Freeman slotting in third for the second straight day (and the third time this season).

The Braves are underdogs (+100) against the Phillies Sunday.


Braves RF Nick Markakis hits leadoff for first time on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) For the first time this season, right fielder Nick Markakis will bat leadoff for the Braves on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Markakis has hit leadoff in past seasons while with the Orioles.

Eric Young has hit leadoff the majority of the time for the Braves (10 out of 16 games) this season but has struggled (3 for his last 23).

Braves outfielder Nick Markakis collects four hits Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Braves needed every hit and run Nick Markakis was able to produce in order to earn a 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Markakis went four for four with three runs scored. He also walked once. The four hits raised his batting average to .353. It was the 24th time in his career Markakis was able to collect four or more hits in a game.


Braves plan to use Markakis, Freeman at DH during weekend series


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Braves will utilize right fielder Nick Markakis as the designated hitter for Saturday's game at Toronto, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

First baseman Freddie Freeman will DH on Sunday with infielder Chris Johnson playing first base.


Braves choose to rest Nick Markakis on Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is being held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Marlins for the first time in nine games this season, manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB Network Radio. Kelly Johnson started in right field Wednesday.

Gonzalez added Markakis will return to the lineup this weekend at Toronto, but he will be the team's DH in a three-game series starting Friday.

Markakis, who missed most of spring training recovering from December neck surgery, is batting .267 (8 for 30) with one double and five RBI in eight games. He also has one stolen base, three runs, four walks and seven strikeouts.

The Braves are favored (-105) in Wednesday's game.


Nick Markakis fits Braves, whether rebuilding or contending


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Outfielder Nick Markakis signed a four-year $44 million contract over the offseason, a decision that seems strange now that the Braves have traded away many of their veteran contributors.

Assistant GM John Coppolella defended the decision. "He’s a really good person, a really good leader, and I think he would fit us whether we’re a team that trades away Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Upton, Gattis and all those guys — I think he fits," Coppolella said, per the Journal-Constitution. "Whether we’re the team that wins the 2015, 2016, or 2017 World Series – he’s a good person, he’s a good leader, he’s a good fit. You want guys like him on your team."

"He can hit anywhere in the lineup," Coppolella continued. "He (works) counts and he plays a great right field. There isn’t anything wrong with this player, anything that he doesn’t do well. He’s a very good player who fits not only what we’re going through now as we try to remodel, but as we start getting to the playoffs and getting to the World Series, he will be a key part of that as well." 


Braves RF Nick Markakis drives in two runs on Opening Day


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Braves right fielder Nick Markakis went one for four in an Opening Day win over the Marlins, 2-1.

Markakis finished the game with a single, two RBI and a strikeout. He drove in the only runs scored by the Braves on Monday.


Braves OF Nick Markakis able to play Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis made it into the starting lineup for Monday's season opener against the Marlins. There was some concern Markakis might not be ready by Opening Day after undergoing neck surgery in December.

Markakis appeared in eight games in spring training, batting .200 (5 for 25) with no home runs, one double and one RBI.


Braves' Markakis says 95 percent chance he's ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis told reporters Thursday he puts his chances at being ready for Opening Day at 95 percent, per MASNsports.com. Markakis missed the first few weeks of the spring schedule recovering from neck surgery in December.

Markakis has appeared in six spring games, batting .105 (2 for 19) with one double, one RBI, two strikeouts, three runs and no walks.


Braves' Gonzalez confident Markakis can get enough at-bats before opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is scheduled to play in a minor-league game Thursday, per Braves reporter Kevin McAlpin. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday he is confident Markakis can get enough at-bats to be ready for Opening Day.

Markakis made his spring debut Monday after missing the first few weeks of spring games coming off neck surgery in December.


Braves' Nick Markakis smacks two hits in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored in his spring debut Monday as the Braves beat the Astros, 14-10.

Markakis is working his way back from December neck surgery and served as the Braves' designated hitter in Monday's win. He'll likely play at least four innings in right field in Tuesday's game, the Braves Radio Network reports.

Markakis, who signed a four-year deal with the team this offseason, is aiming to be ready for the regular-season opener.


Braves' Nick Markakis expected to make spring debut Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is expected to make his spring debut Monday while serving as the team's designated hitter against the Astros, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Markakis took batting practice Sunday for the third straight day as he continues to rehab from December neck surgery. He's hopeful of being able to participate in the team's regular-season opener April 6.


Braves' Markakis keeps progressing, still targeting Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis (neck) was able to take batting practice on the field for a second straight day Saturday, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Markakis remains hopeful of being ready by the season opener April 6 against the Marlins.

“That’s a good sign,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Markakis taking BP on consecutive days. “I can’t wait for tomorrow, see what tomorrow brings, as far as what do we want to do when we get there.

“He’s cleared now, I think to do whatever. Now we’ve got to ramp him up the right way to get him in games. I don’t know when. He might come in tomorrow and say, ‘Can I get a couple of at-bats? Can I go get a couple of at-bats in a minor league game?’ I don’t know. We’ll know more (Sunday) morning.”


Nick Markakis takes batting practice for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Nick Markakis took batting practice on the field for the first time since December neck surgery. The Braves outfielder is expected to take batting practice again Saturday. 

“We’re shooting for opening day,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said, after watching the session, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. “I don’t know the timetable when he’s going to be ready, but he looked good. ... Timing wasn’t there, but he felt great, and so tomorrow he’ll do it again.”


Braves' Nick Markakis (neck) getting closer to return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis (neck) may soon be cleared by the team's medical staff to participate in all baseball activities, manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com.

Markakis has been limited to throwing and some hitting exercises as he continues to recover from December fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. He believes he still has enough time to get enough plate appearances this spring to be ready for Opening Day.


Gonzalez: Braves still hopeful Markakis will be ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team remains hopeful outfielder Nick Markakis will be in the opening day lineup, but it is "not set in stone" he will be ready by the start of the season, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Markakis had fusion surgery on Dec. 17 to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

“The neck is fine,” Gonzalez said. “He hasn’t done anything because they wanted that neck to heal. We’ve got to get his legs in shape. He’s playing catch. He’s progressing every day. Don’t know date when he will be able to take swings. You’d hate to have this guy get his neck ready and run him out there and all of a sudden he hurts himself.”

The Braves signed Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract in December. He is set to replace Jason Heyward, who was traded to the Cardinals, in right field.


Braves' Gonzalez: Simmons, Markakis 'progressing well'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez updated the status of shortstop Andrelton Simmons (oblique) and outfielder Nick Markakis (neck) Monday, saying that both players are "progressing well," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"Simmons and Markakis are doing their stuff and progressing well," Gonzalez said. "I don’t have a timetable for when they’re going to be on the field (in games). But Simmons is getting some (batting practice), some ground balls, that kind of stuff. I think Nick is a little behind that."

Simmons could made his spring debut later this week, while the team remains optimistic that Markakis will receive enough spring at-bats to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.


Nick Markakis tests neck by hitting off tee for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis hit off a tee for the first time since undergoing neck surgery in December. 

Markakis also threw on Friday, and told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he felt good. 


Braves' Markakis apologizes for comments about the Orioles


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis apologized for calling out the Orioles organization, according to MASN.

Markakis was recently quoted saying the Orioles organization couldn't be trusted after he felt they were disingenuous about why contract negotiations broke down. "Don't believe a word they say," Markakis said. "It was all because of my neck. They can say what they want to make them look good."

He backpedaled from those comments on Thursday. "What I said wasn't directed at any way to the Orioles organization or ownership. It's just one of those things where I kind of said sarcastically, 'B.S., I wouldn't believe everything you hear. Don't believe them.'" he said. "I just want to put it behind me and I apologize for what I did, but there's a reason why it came out of my mouth." 

The 31-year-old hit .276/.342/.386 over 642 at-bats last year.


Orioles' Adam Jones 'glad' Nick Markakis finally 'said something'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Former Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis fired the first shot Wednesday, when he vented to USA Today that he was not happy with how the Orioles handled contract negotiations this offseason before he signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves.

"Don't believe a word they say," Markakis said. "It was all because of my neck. They can say what they want to make them look good. It's all B.S. But things work out the way they do for a reason, right?"

Markakis underwent neck surgery in mid-December and his status for opening day is undetermined. However, he is clearly upset with what went on in negotiations and while the Orioles front office has yet to respond, former teammate and friend Adam Jones took his turn Thursday to respond to Markakis' comments.

"I know what's going on, I know the truth," the Orioles' All-Star center fielder said, per MASNsports.com. "It's a move he made for himself. I never fault him for it.

"I talk to him all the time. I talk to him a couple times a week. I talked to him yesterday. It's not my situation, it's his situation with the Orioles. I'm not going to take anbody's side. I wasn't involved with it, so I really don't have an opinion with it."

Markakis, who had surgery to remove a herniated disc and fuse vertabrea, had been playing with the injury for two seasons.

"He never disclosed anything to anybody. He just goes out and plays," Jones said. "...He moved on. He understands the business and he moved on. He completely gets it. No hard feelings.

"I'm glad he said something because he never says anything. I'm glad he said something. He should say something. He has a lot on his mind. Very articulate man, very smart man. He doesn't say much, but when he does people listen, and he's got peoples attention. That's why you all are in front of me now."


Braves' Markakis: 'Don't believe a word [the Orioles] say'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is not happy about the way his former team handled his exit, according to the USA Today

"Don't believe a word they say," Markakis said. The 31-year-old outfielder is referencing his departure from the franchise. He claims that negotiations with the Orioles broke down due to their concerns about his neck injury. There were some claims earlier in the offseaon that Markakis was asking for additional years, and it's possible those stories irked Markakis. 

Shortly after negotiations with Baltimore fell through, Markakis signed a four-year deal with Atlanta. He had surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck in December. Markakis allegedly dealt with the injury the past two seasons. 

While the Orioles did not mention the neck injury as a reason for passing on Markakis at the time, general manager Dan Duquette told USA Today that the club was "worried about the neck."

Markakis hit .276/.342/.386 over 642 at-bats last year. 


Braves' Nick Markakis unsure if he will be ready by opening day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis, who underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck in mid-December, said Wednesday he hopes to be ready by opening day. However, he won't rush back at the expense of aggravating his neck, according to MLB.com.

Markakis will not play during the early portion of the spring training schedule. He was just cleared to run this week and work out extensively, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Markakis is in his first year with the Braves after signing a four-year, $44 million contract in December.


Hart: Braves expecting Markakis to be 'full go' in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Wednesday, per MLB.com. The team expects Markakis to resume baseball activities before the start of spring training. 

"We talked to (Dr.) Steve Wray after the surgery and he said it really went well," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "He said [the procedure] really went well, and he thinks that this guy will be ready to go full go in spring training. The only thing is that there will be a little bit of a disruption for his normal routine getting ready for spring training."

Markakis is expected to be cleared for physical activities within the next month, and the hope is he will be fully cleared within six weeks. Markakis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in early December.


Markakis set for neck surgery Wed.; expects to be ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis said he will have a "single-level neck fusion" surgery and also have a bulging disk removed Wednesday in Atlanta, according to The Baltimore Sun. He expects to begin baseball activities in six weeks and be ready for opening day.

"I have no doubt," Markakis said about being ready for the opener.

Markakis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in early December. He has spent his entire nine-year MLB career with the Orioles, producing a .290/.358/.435/.793 slash line in 1,365 games.


Report: Braves OF Nick Markakis leaning toward neck surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Newly-acquired Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is leaning toward opting for surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Braves were aware of the injury, and prior to signing Markakis to a four-year, $44 million deal, members of the front office viewed a report from an independent specialist who evaluated him in the offseason. If Markakis opts for surgery, he will need approximately 12 weeks of recovery and should be on track to be ready come opening day.