Markakis homers twice in rehab debut

Markakis homers twice in rehab debut

Markakis homers twice in rehab debut
ANAHEIM -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis played his first rehab game for Double-A Bowie with no signs of rust, going 2-for-3 with two homers and four RBIs. Markakis hit second, with catcher Taylor Teagarden serving at designated hitter and batting third.

The Orioles are hoping the pair will be eligible immediately after the All-Star break, with plans for both Markakis and Teagarden to play with Bowie through their first half, which ends on Monday.

"If they need more at-bats, we can get it done in Delmarva or Aberdeen," manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm hoping everything goes well with Nicky and he can join us for the workout on Thursday."

Markakis (right wrist surgery) has been on the disabled list since June 1 (retroactive to May 30) and his return would be a boost for a lineup that has struggled to score runs. In 50 games, Markakis hit .256 with eight homes and 26 RBIs, scoring 25 runs and posting a .333 on-base percentage. Teagarden has been on the DL with a back injury since this spring and was expected to be the team's backup catcher to Matt Wieters before getting hurt.

Endy Chavez (left hamstring strain) has also progressed enough at the team's spring facility in Sarasota, Fla., that he will go out on rehab assignment for the Gulf Coast League, playing Monday and Tuesday.