Orioles' Markakis still out, scheduled for MRI

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is scheduled to have an MRI Monday afternoon and hopes the neck spasms that he has been coping with since March 3 aren't anything serious.

Markakis was taken out of the lineup on March. 3 and hasn't played since. He had three surgeries in 2012 and missed the Orioles' first postseason appearance in 15 years with a broken thumb.

He said Sunday he thinks the MRI is "probably more of a precaution to see what's going on in there and identify exactly what it is that's bothering me."

For the previous five seasons, Markakis averaged 160 games. Baltimore is coming off its first winning season since Markakis arrived in 2006 and many Orioles say with him back, the team will be much better.