Nick Markakis expects to be limited in Spring Training until the first week of March, but he is focused on being 100 percent by Opening Day. Markakis had abdominal surgery on Jan. 6. Markakis is currently doing a lot of aqua therapy to strengthen his lower core, and recently incorporated light jogging into his workouts, which is a far cry from his typical offseason activity. "This could be a good thing," Markakis said of allowing his body time to heal. "I've never actually taken off a full offseason to rest. I talked to Aubrey [Huff] before I had my surgery, and he came off his best year after the surgery, and he was kind of on the same routine I'm on. He rested the whole offseason, and he got back in the swing of things after he had his surgery in January. I'm not saying I'm expecting to go out there and have my best year, but we'll see how things play out, and we'll go from there."
Markakis Pledges To Be Ready For Opening Day