Worth noting

Worth noting

Nick Markakis was left out of Thursday's lineup because Showalter wanted to give the outfielder a mental day off.

"I don't want him to take batting practice. I don't want him watching video," Showalter said. "It's been frustrating for him not to be able to contribute at a level that we know he's capable of at an important time of the year. So I think he really needs to have a back-off day, and we'll see if one is enough."

Markakis entered the 3-1 victory over the White Sox in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in right field.

• Showalter said that outfielder Steve Pearce, who is on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist, could rejoin the Orioles as soon as Sept. 12. After resting the wrist for about a week, Pearce should begin swinging a bat again in the next couple of days, according to Showalter.

Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.