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Markakis shined in his debut Monday, going 2-for-3 with a single, double, and two runs scored. He apparently felt fine and is due to start in RF tomorrow and is expected to play four or five innings. (Source: Kevin McAlpin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Markakis can get on track, he could be a sleeper in drafts. He will play everyday as the RF and will hold value in deeper leagues. For smaller leagues he is worth keeping an eye on.

Category: Game Recaps

A week ago, he said he would only need a week of batting to get ready for the season opener, now it looks like he'll get close to two. Markakis is coming off of neck surgery performed in December. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis had a disappointing season last year and now with the surgery must prove he is worthy of a fantasy roster spot. Most likely will be drafted in deeper leagues but otherwise just wait and watch.

Category: , Injury Updates

Markakis took on-field batting practice for the first time today since his neck surgery in December. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Markakis is in good health and ready to play, he is just awaiting clearance to do so. Both he and Markakis think there is enough time to get in the necessary reps to prepare for the regular season. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: Pencil Markakis in as the starter on opening day. It's likely he will need some time to refine his timing and he might serve well as a late round flier.

Category: , Injury Updates

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.

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.

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.

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.