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Nick Markakis recovering from pelvic bone bruise

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BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 10: Nick Markakis #21 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a grand slam in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 10, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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Nick Markakis, who won his first Gold Glove award yesterday, told Brittany Ghiroli of that he’s about 75 percent recovered from a pelvic bone bruise suffered late in the season.

“I just felt my belt buckle go into my pelvic bone,” Markakis said. “And it knocked me pretty good, just repeatedly diving into it during the season.”

Markakis described the injury as like “a dagger in my stomach,” but added that he expects to be fully healthy in plenty of time for spring training and hopes it won’t impact his offseason training.

Markakis, who posted a sub-.800 OPS for the first time in his career at age 27, has three years and $44 million remaining on his contract.