Orioles’ Nick Markakis Out Six Weeks With A Broken Thumb

Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- As the Baltimore Orioles fight to make the postseason for the first time since 1997, they've lost one of the their most important players for the foreseeable future. Outfielder Nick Markakis will be out for up to six weeks with a broken thumb.

Markakis suffered the injury last night in the sixth inning after he was hit by Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia. Unfortunately for Markakis and the Orioles, the injury could keep him sidelined for the rest of the season and possibly the playoffs. Markakis is still optimistic he can return at some point this season.

"Yeah, hopefully," he said after the game. "We'll see how it goes. It's jsut a matter of healing. I'll be in a brace for a while and hopefully it will heal up quicker than I think it will."

For the Orioles, this marks the third time this season they've lost their leadoff hitter this season. Both Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold are out for the rest of the season with injuries.

Markakis is in his seventh season in the Majors, all with the Orioles. In 104 games this season, the 28-year old Markakis batted .298 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs.

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