Nick Markakis: (Thumb) Returns to Health Staff

Update: Markakis (thumb) hasn't had any setbacks during his recovery from surgery and looks to be "good to go" for spring training, MASN Sports reports. "It couldn't have gone better," said Markakis, regarding his thumb surgery.

Recommendation: Markakis had an outside chance of returning to the Orioles had they reached the World Series, so it's not surprising he's now fully healthy two months removed from the postseason. When healthy last season, Markakis batted a commendable .298/.363/.471, but his dramatic drop in stolen bases (just one over 104 games) is worth noting on draft day.

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