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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

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ESPN | Dec 17th, 10:22pm
New Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.
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MLB.com | Dec 17th, 9:54pm
Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck on Wednesday. The Braves expect the veteran outfielder to begin baseball-related activities before the start of Spring Training.
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Rotoworld | Dec 17th, 9:43pm
Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.
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Sports Injury Alert | Dec 16th, 3:00pm
The Atlanta Braves are coming off a 79-win season and finished a distant 17 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East. The pitching staff appears to be solid for next season, but the Braves need to improve on an offense that was 29th in runs scored. One move that may help the Braves is the signing of outfielder Nick Markakis, pictured below with the Orioles. The bad news,...
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Rotoworld | Dec 15th, 9:37pm
Nick Markakis will undergo surgery this week to repair a bulging disk in his neck.
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ESPN | Dec 12th, 11:45pm
Nick Markakis will receive a $2 million signing bonus by Jan. 1 as part of his $44 million, four-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.