BALTIMORE -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis (right wrist surgery) has not been cleared to start hitting, and he will continue to rest this weekend in hopes of being able to start taking dry swings on Monday or Tuesday.
Markakis, who was re-examined on Friday, said he's no longer dealing with any soreness, but the area still needs to fully heal before he is allowed to pick up a bat.
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"I'm not where I want to be right now, but that's coming from me," said Markakis, who is three weeks removed from having part of his right hamate bone taken out. "[The doctors] tell me I'm ahead of where I need to be, but this cut needs to close up, probably needs a couple more days.
"I see light at the end of the tunnel, I just want to take it [slow] and make sure it's all healed up."
Markakis was originally targeting a return before the team's current homestand concludes on July 1, and while he didn't back off that statement completely, the 28-year-old admitted it's impossible to speculate on a timetable.
"That's one thing I've learned throughout this process, being on the [disabled list for the first time] during the season," Markakis said. "You got to take it day by day, and when that time comes, it comes."
A hard-nosed player who prides himself on being in the lineup every day, Markakis started the team's first 50 games and made significant strides in his recovery from offseason abdominal surgery to be ready for Opening Day. He has taken a similarly aggressive stance with this injury, saying Friday he could still return well before the All-Star break.
When he does get cleared to hit, Markakis will start with dry swings and progress to tee work and batting practice before working his way up to a rehab assignment with one of the team's affiliates.
Orioles contemplating next step for Moyer
BALTIMORE -- Veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer has completed three starts at Triple-A Norfolk, and the club is still mulling its next move in regard to the 49-year-old's future with the Orioles.
Moyer went 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts for the Tides, an audition that ended following four innings on Wednesday. He can opt out if he isn't promoted to Baltimore, and it seems Moyer would have to choose to make another start in Triple-A if the Orioles decide they aren't ready to call him up.
"It's something that's been discussed," manager Buck Showalter said of the possibility of Moyer joining the rotation next week. "I do know that there's some timelines there and deadlines. So, we will try to do what's best for the Orioles first, and second of all people's careers."
The team does not have a rotation scheduled beyond Monday's off-day, and Showalter said there are some "moving parts" in that regard, Moyer included. Jake Arrieta will follow Saturday starter Wei-Yin Chen and pitch Sunday.
Backup catcher Ronny Paulino has a hairline fracture on the tip of his big left toe, although right now it's not anything will send him to the disabled list. Catcher Taylor Teagarden (lower back injury) continues to progress at the team's spring home in Sarasota, Fla., and could be ready to go on a rehab assignment on July 2.
Pitcher Stu Pomeranz (left oblique tear) has reported to be pain free the past four or five days and will start light-toss sessions on Saturday. He could be ready to start a rehab assignment by mid-July.
Outfielder Endy Chavez (right hamstring strain) wasn't progressing as quickly as hoped and flew to Sarasota on Thursday to continue his rehab.
Tickets still remain for Sunday's NephCure Countdown to a Cure Baltimore, which features an opportunity to dine and mingle with former Orioles players, including current broadcasters Jim Palmer and Rick Dempsey, at Kettle Hill Restaurant in Baltimore. The event starts at 6 p.m. ET, with a cocktail reception and dinner and MASN's Tom Davis will serve as the emcee.
Former Orioles and Mets executive, and current on-air analyst, Jim Duquette recently donated a kidney to his daughter, Lindsey, who has been suffering from the kidney disease FSGS since she was 2 years old. Donations to NephCure in honor of Lindsey can be made via the following link: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nadia-stadnycki-1/sign-on-for-lindsey
The NephCure Foundation is the only organization committed exclusively to support research seeking the cause of the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome, improve treatment and find a cure.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.