ATLANTA -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said outfielder Nick Markakis, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hamate bone, could be cleared Friday to start hitting.
Markakis is with the Orioles in Atlanta for their three-game series. Showalter said Markakis can already participate in most baseball activities.
"He's doing just about everything but hitting," Showalter said. "[Friday is] basically when he can start thinking about hitting and progress from there."
Markakis broke the bone in his wrist on a slide in mid-May and tried to play through it. But ultimately, he was forced to undergo surgery to remove part of the bone and go on the DL for the first time in his career.
Markakis is hitting .256 with eight home runs in 50 games this season.
Moyer throws seven innings in Triple-A
ATLANTA -- Left-hander Jamie Moyer made his second start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, allowing three runs in seven innings. The 49-year-old gave up seven hits and struck out seven batters.
The Orioles will likely decide whether or not to call up Moyer after his next start. For now, however, he is part of a rotation that has become more of a strength for the Orioles than in years past.
In addition to Moyer, the Orioles have left-hander Zach Britton and right-handers Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Steve Johnson stashed in Triple-A should they need a starter.
"It's a whole different looking rotation than we've had in the past," Showalter said. "All five guys we would consider. That hasn't always been the case."
Soon the Orioles will also have left-hander Dontrelle Willis and right-hander Joel Pineiro back in Triple-A. Both are now in extended spring training, but are expected to rejoin Norfolk soon. Showalter said Norfolk may use a six-man rotation once Willis and Pineiro return.
The Orioles traded left-hander Cole McCurry to the Braves for cash considerations. McCurry was pitching out of the bullpen in Triple-A Norfolk before the trade. He has a 6.10 ERA in 51 2/3 innings between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk this year.
Left-hander Dana Eveland will likely leave the Orioles sometime in the next two weeks as his wife Ashley prepares to give birth to their second child. Manager Buck Showalter said that the due date is June 26, according to Eveland. The pitcher has a 3.47 ERA in 23 1/3 innings this season.
Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.