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Nick Markakis was left out of Thursday's lineup because Showalter wanted to give the outfielder a mental day off.

"I don't want him to take batting practice. I don't want him watching video," Showalter said. "It's been frustrating for him not to be able to contribute at a level that we know he's capable of at an important time of the year. So I think he really needs to have a back-off day, and we'll see if one is enough."

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Nick Markakis was left out of Thursday's lineup because Showalter wanted to give the outfielder a mental day off.

"I don't want him to take batting practice. I don't want him watching video," Showalter said. "It's been frustrating for him not to be able to contribute at a level that we know he's capable of at an important time of the year. So I think he really needs to have a back-off day, and we'll see if one is enough."

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Markakis entered the 3-1 victory over the White Sox in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in right field.

• Showalter said that outfielder Steve Pearce, who is on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist, could rejoin the Orioles as soon as Sept. 12. After resting the wrist for about a week, Pearce should begin swinging a bat again in the next couple of days, according to Showalter.

Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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