Markakis back in lineup; Pearce eyes Wednesday return

Markakis back in lineup; Pearce eyes Wednesday return

NEW YORK -- The Orioles' starting lineup looked a little more familiar on Monday night with Nick Markakis back for the first time since Tuesday while Adam Jones, who had two of the previous three games off, played center field.

Markakis, who was hit by a pitch on his right shoulder blade in the O's American League East-clinching win, remained in the game but then missed the next four games. He's been pretty sore and manager Buck Showalter has taken caution with his club's lingering injuries, which also currently includes Steve Pearce.

"It's one of those things. It's not like it's a bruise that he can do something that's going to set him back," Showalter said of Markakis' return. "He wants to play today. He wanted to play yesterday. See how it goes. Steve feels good, too. That was encouraging."

Pearce, wearing a brace on his right wrist, is hoping to play on Wednesday and said Monday morning he woke up with no discomfort.

Pearce, a late scratch from Saturday's game, had a cortisone injection in the area and the hope is he can come in on Tuesday and try to do some baseball activities. Showalter said he'd want to see how Pearce came in the next day after that before he puts him back in the lineup.

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