Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:23:01 -0800
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) won't play in spring games next week and is unsure if he'll be ready for opening day after having fusion surgery for a herniated disc in his neck Dec. 17. He was cleared to increase his physical activity Tuesday, Feb. 24, however. "Opening day is a goal," Markakis said. "Neck surgery is pretty serious so you don't want to rush it. I will have six weeks to do my thing and try to get ready for opening day." Manager Fredi Gonzalez is optimistic that Markakis will be ready for opening day.
Fantasy Tip: Markakis has been a pretty durable player in his career, but neck fusion surgery is pretty serious. After two straight years of a drop in offensive production, Markakis suddenly is a pretty boring fantasy outfield bat, especially with the move to the National League and a pitcher's park.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:53:41 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) could be playing in spring games a week into the schedule, and manager Fredi Gonzalez is expecting Markakis to be ready for opening day.
Fantasy Tip: At age 31, we basically know what we'll get from Markakis these days. Double-digit home runs with a respectable batting average and a handful of stolen bases. Complicating things this year is the fact that he's injured and has moved the National League in a pitcher-friendly park. That doesn't make him very intriguing at all. Markakis does nothing more than fill out your outfield depth at the tail end of drafts.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:04:14 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) may not be ready for the season opener. He was cleared to increase physical activity Tuesday, Feb. 24. Markakis said he's not going to rush back.
Fantasy Tip: He still has six weeks and should have plenty of time to get in game shape. Markakis shifting to a pitchers' park on a weaker offense makes him a low-upside OF4 or OF5.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:05:29 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) said he is feeling good after under undergoing neck surgery earlier in the offseason, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:50:42 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) is expected to resume baseball activities before the team begins spring training in late February, the team announced Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:36:37 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) is scheduled to undergo neck surgery this week. He is expected to resume baseball activities in about eight weeks and should be ready for spring training.
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:21:13 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis' four-year deal does not include a no-trade clause. Team policy forbids giving free agents contracts with no-trade clauses in them.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:51:56 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis will receive a $2 million signing bonus by Jan. 1 as part of his four-year contract with the team.
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:15:26 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis is expected to hit leadoff to start the season, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. However, Markakis could eventually move to No. 2 in the order later in the year.
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:21:26 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) is likely to have surgery to fix a herniated disc in his cervical spine, according to multiple sources. Markakis is currently leaning toward having the surgery, and it could happen in two weeks. However, the Braves had no worries about giving Markakis a four-year deal after reviewing a report from a specialist on Markakis. He'll need a recovery period of eight to 12 weeks after the surgery, but the Braves are confident that Markakis will be ready for opening day.