Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who is recovering from offseason abdominal surgery, participated in the team's first full-squad workout Friday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, taking live outdoor batting practice as well as taking part in outfield fielding drills.

Markakis said he's far from full strength but feels no pain swinging the bat. If anything, it's his lateral movement while fielding balls that needs improvement.

"I know I'm not there, but [I'm] on schedule or maybe a little ahead of schedule, depending on how you look at it," Markakis said. "Everything feels good, it's just a matter of getting my strength back down there now. At times I'm sore, but I got to work through that and strengthen where I am weak right now. It's a slow process, but it's coming along."