UPDATE: Following Tuesday's game,
SARASOTA, Fla. –
And while Markakis will be the Orioles' starting designated hitter, he said he's not far away from playing in the field.
"I don't think I'm far away at all," Markakis said. "I just need to ease my way into it and get a couple of games at DH under my belt and then move on out."
Markakis has been remarkably durable during his career, playing in at least 160 games in four of the past five years (he played in 157 games in 2008). He also won his first AL Gold Glove last season.
Both Markakis and manager