Nick Markakis (neck) is finished with his Dosepak medication and met with his doctor Monday. He’ll check back again Thursday or Friday and hopes to be cleared for baseball activities by then.

“I’m optimistic I’ll be able to do stuff at the end of the week,” Markakis said. “I’m feeling good and that’s all that really matters right now.”

Markakis has a slight herniation – or tear – in his neck area and has not played since March 1. He said some soreness is lingering, but otherwise he has full range of motion.

“I’m not limited with anything now. Just a little bit of soreness in there,” he said. “Hopefully the next couple days it will get out of there and I’ll be ready to roll.”