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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.

Nick Markakis News & Advice

news | Feb 26th, 1:42pm
It didn't take long after Adam Jones walked in Thursday morning for the media to follow and ask for his reaction to former teammate Nick Markakis' comments in Wednesday's USA Today.
news | Feb 25th, 3:06pm
Nick Markakis hopes to be in the Braves' Opening Day lineup. But as he eases his way back from neck surgery, the veteran outfielder will not accelerate his preseason preparations to the point where he might jeopardize realizing this goal.
Rotoworld | Feb 25th, 1:29pm
Nick Markakis (neck) was cleared this week to run and work out extensively.