Markakis, dealing with a small disk herniation in his neck, hasn't played in a spring game since March 1, but is confident he will get enough at-bats to be ready for the season. In returning from offseason abdominal surgery last spring, he needed just 25 at-bats. He has 14 this spring heading into the final week of spring games. He could also go to minor league camp to accumulate at-bats.
"Everything's going smooth," Markakis said before taking BP on Monday.
McFarland is still considered to be in the competition for the fifth starter spot, but he’s also competing for a 25-man roster spot. As a Rule 5 pick, the Orioles must keep him on the roster or else risk losing him.
-- Right-hander Steve Johnson was scheduled to start Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, but he has some lower back discomfort, so the team is giving him an extra day. He will now start Thursday’s night game and right-hander Jair Jurrjens will start Wednesday.
-- Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who is progressing from Tommy John surgery, threw 60 pitches on a back field before the game. He threw fastballs and straight change-ups. He still hasn’t thrown any breaking balls.
-- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is facing Red Sox minor leaguers at Twin Lakes Park today.
Here are today’s starting lineups: