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By Steve Painter, Braves Correspondent, Wed, Dec 17th 8:34pm EST

Doctors indicated that Markakis can resume baseball activities by mid-February after a successful fusion surgery today. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It stands ti reason that the Braves will go easy with Markakis through the Spring. His job as RF with the club is set, as is the lead-off position in the batting order. He has regressed a bit the past two years but is a serviceable RF on the cheap for your fantasy team.

By Steve Painter, Braves Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 6:30pm EST

The surgery is to repair a bulging disk in his neck. Doctors say there is an eight week recovery period and Markakis should be ready for spring training. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is slated for the leadoff position and will play RF for the Braves. He is a serviceable fantasy option with some upside.

By Steve Painter, Braves Correspondent, Sat, Dec 6th 2:44pm EST

The Braves were aware of the bulging disk in his neck prior to signing him so this is no surprise. Recovery will take 12 weeks. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)

Fantasy Impact: The Braves hope to have him for most of spring training anyway. Better to take care of it now rather than risk an in-season need. Full recovery is expected and will not affect his value.

By Steve Painter, Braves Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 3:34pm EST

To some, this move does not make much sense, but John Hart, Braves GM, has a plan. The move is to fill a role made by the trade of Jason Heyward. If Markakis falters after a year, then perhaps another move will be made. But the plan is to make Atlanta a contender starting in 2016. (Source: Jeff Passan )

Fantasy Impact: Coming from the AL to join a rebuilding NL team might be just the ticket Markakis needs to build on his career. He's no All-Star, but he is a servicable and cheap outfielder for fantasy purposes. The 2015 year will be more or less stress free and allow him to produce without pressure. It's a good situation for both parties and fantasy ballers.