Orioles: Markakis may get a few days off
Right fielder Nick Markakis left today's 11-3 victory over the Cardinals after his second at-bat to be with his wife Christina for a medical examination related to the pending birth of the couple's first child. It appears that doctors may induce labor over the next 24 hours, which would mean that Markakis might be away from the team for a few days getting to know his new baby.
That certainly won't be a problem from a team perspective. Training camp is nearly a week longer than usual because of the World Baseball Classic and Markakis came to camp in great shape, so he probably won't be any worse for a little family time.
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