Orioles Outfielder Nick Markakis Out with Hand Injury

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Baltimore Orioles are off to one of their best starts in years, but they'll have to keep playing at a high level, at least for now, without one of their more productive outfielders. Nick Markakis will miss at least three to four weeks to repair a broken hamate bone.

One of the more durable players in baseball, Markakis had actually been playing with the injury for the past two weeks, hoping he could still perform despite the injury. Markakis though, aggravated the injury in his final at-bat Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. He is scheduled to undergo surgery today, and the team hopes he will be able to make a full recovery and come back to play this season.

"If you had told that was what it was going to be, I would have signed up for it in blood," Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com. "It's not that bad."

Aside from missing 15 games during his rookie season in 2006, the 28-year-old Markakis hasn't missed more than four games in a season up until this year. So far this season, Markakis was batting .256 with eight home runs and 26 runs batted in.

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