BALTIMORE -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis (right wrist surgery) has not been cleared to start hitting, and he will continue to rest this weekend in hopes of being able to start taking dry swings on Monday or Tuesday.
Markakis, who was re-examined on Friday, said he's no longer dealing with any soreness, but the area still needs to fully heal before he is allowed to pick up a bat.
"I'm not where I want to be right now, but that's coming from me," said Markakis, who is three weeks removed from having part of his right hamate bone taken out. "[The doctors] tell me I'm ahead of where I need to be, but this cut needs to close up, probably needs a couple more days.
"I see light at the end of the tunnel, I just want to take it [slow] and make sure it's all healed up."
Markakis was originally targeting a return before the team's current homestand concludes on July 1, and while he didn't back off that statement completely, the 28-year-old admitted it's impossible to speculate on a timetable.
"That's one thing I've learned throughout this process, being on the [disabled list for the first time] during the season," Markakis said. "You got to take it day by day, and when that time comes, it comes."
A hard-nosed player who prides himself on being in the lineup every day, Markakis started the team's first 50 games and made significant strides in his recovery from offseason abdominal surgery to be ready for Opening Day. He has taken a similarly aggressive stance with this injury, saying Friday he could still return well before the All-Star break.
When he does get cleared to hit, Markakis will start with dry swings and progress to tee work and batting practice before working his way up to a rehab assignment with one of the team's affiliates.