Markakis was waiting for his sister-in-law to arrive before leaving the hospital and was expected at Camden Yards prior to the Orioles' game against the Yankees. Despite being at the hospital at 4.a.m. ET, Showalter expected Markakis to try to talk his way into the starting lineup.
"I'm sure he'll walk in and try to plead his case, " said Showalter, who went with Michael Morse in the starting lineup in Markakis' place.
Markakis entered the day batting .271 in 142 games and was 3-for-7 with a double, run scored and two RBIs over his past two games, an encouraging sign given his prolonged slump this season.