"Doc said they don't think it's anything too serious and that's what we're hoping for, but we just want to identify what it is," said Markakis, who hasn't played since March 1. "I think it's just some muscle tightness, but we'll definitely find out [Monday]."

Markakis said Wednesday that he could play with the spasms and stiffness in his neck if it were the regular season. But the next day the conditioned worsened, he said.

"That day I was feeling good. I woke up the next morning pretty locked up or tight or whatever you want to call it," he said. "But I'm better today than I was yesterday, so it's going in the right direction."

Tillman hopes to pitch in a few days

Tillman said he believes the muscle tightness he is feeling on his left side is a minor setback and he hopes to pitch in a few days.

"It's just a precautionary thing in my side, it kind of flared up the other day," said Tillman, who is expected to claim a rotation spot. "I think, just to be safe, I just want to take it easy for now. Nothing big, but I'm not going to downplay it either. Nothing I'm really worried about. Just want to be safe."

He said it is not the dreaded strained oblique muscle, which has a tendency to sideline players for weeks. Instead, he said it's more in "the center of my belly. Glad it's not [the] oblique, that's a good thing."

Around the horn

Catcher Taylor Teagarden, who had missed a week with a back ailment, entered Sunday's game in the seventh and caught the final three innings. He struck out in both of his at-bats. … Relievers Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day, making their second appearances of the spring, both had scoreless innings Sunday. … Veteran lefty Mark Hendrickson, who is attempting a comeback as a sidearmer, threw a perfect inning Sunday, striking out two. … Showalter said when he first saw a replay of the World Baseball Classic brawl between Canada and Mexico he was most interested in where minor league catcher Chris Robinson was. "I wasn't paying attention to what was going on, I was looking for Robinson."



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