Markakis was surprisingly upbeat talking to reporters, still optimistic that he could rejoin the club if the O's play deep into the postseason.
Initially Markakis was slated to have a T-plate inserted, but instead two pins were placed in the thumb to hold the
"I'm good. It's just one of those things you have to go through," Markakis said. "It is what it is. I'll get through it. I won't be able to move it. If I had a plate I'd be able to get some movement going. With the pins, I have to wait three weeks for that."
Like he did when he had right wrist surgery earlier this year, Markakis will remain with the team throughout. He will see the doctor who performed the surgery, Brian Schofield, when the Orioles visit Tampa Bay for the last series of the regular season Oct. 1-3.
"I'll probably know a lot more then," Markakis said.
Even though he will be sidelined, Markakis' presence will be important to the Orioles as they push for a playoff berth for the first time in 15 years.
“I know it’s important for both of us,” Orioles manager
"It's great for everybody because we are kind of feeding off the idea that we are trying to accomplish the playoff picture so Nick had the potential to return to us. You know, it's a long shot for him to be able to make that physically. But one of the thing we learned here is Nick is one of our quicker healers, physically. I know Nicky's talking about the amount of milk he's planning on drinking. He actually is."
Markakis will be able to keep his legs in shape – riding the exercise bike and doing other exercises – but he said being with his teammates helps aid his recovery.
"Once you're around guys for eight months, the same guys every day, you bond together and you're here for each other," Markakis said. "I'll be with them. It will be just as much as any other day other than not playing. I'll still be in the dugout supporting them and rooting them on.
"It's going to be fun for me though," he added. "I'm not going to be out there, but I'm part of this team. I'm a fan now. I'm rooting them on and I get to travel with these guys and watch them finish up the season and have fun and it's exciting the way they're playing right now. It's going to be tought but it's going to be fun at the same time."
In other news around the Orioles clubhouse:
-- Showalter said left-hander
-- Here are tonight's lineups:
Manny Machado 3B