SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is scheduled to have an MRI Monday afternoon and hopes the neck spasms that he has been coping with since March 3 aren't anything serious.
Markakis was taken out of the lineup on March. 3 and hasn't played since. He had three surgeries in 2012 and missed the Orioles' first postseason appearance in 15 years with a broken thumb.
He said Sunday he thinks the MRI is ``probably more of a precaution to see what's going on in there and identify exactly what it is that's bothering me.''
For the previous five seasons, Markakis averaged 160 games. Baltimore is coming off its first winning season since Markakis arrived in 2006 and many Orioles say with him back, the team will be much better.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail White Sox vs. Cubs Prediction Will the under cash when the Cubs host the White Sox in Game 2 at Wrigley Field at 2:20PM ET on Tuesday?
Thumbnail Pirates vs. Giants Prediction Will the Pirates hand the Giants a loss tonight when the teams open a new series in San Francisco at 10:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Twins vs. Dodgers Prediction Will the Twins and Dodgers play under the betting total tonight when the teams open a new series at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Mets vs. Padres Prediction Will Mets' ace Jacob deGrom shut down the Padres tonight when the teams meet at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. Mariners Prediction Will tonight's Red Sox and Mariners matchup fall under the betting total when the teams meet at 10:10PM ET?

MLB Team Pages