BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 10: Nick Markakis #21 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a double in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 10, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Markakis drove in six runs in the Orioles 7-0 victory. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
#orioles option 1B Joe Mahoney to AAA Norfolk. Reinstate Nick Markakis from DL— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) July 9, 2012
To make room for Markakis on their roster, the Orioles optioned first baseman Joe Mahoney to Triple-A.
Markakis has been out since the end of May after suffering a broken hamate bone. The injury was sustained when the 28-year-old was simply taking a swing.
Prior to his activation, Markakis played in three minor league rehab games with the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate. Over his 12 plate appearances, Markakis went 3-10 with three extra-base hits and four RBIs.
Before he hit the DL, Markakis had hit at a clip of .256/.333/.452 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBIs. He followed up his slow start to the season (.707 OPS in April) with a solid May performance (.846 OPS, 15 extra-base hits).
Over his seven seasons with the Orioles, Markakis has hit at a clip of .293/.363/.453.
Can Markakis and the Orioles remain in contention this summer?