Braves OF Markakis undergoes surgery

Atlanta, GA ( - Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to mend a bulging disk in his neck.

Markakis, who signed a four-year contract for a reported $44 million on Dec. 5, is expected to resume training in eight weeks and should be ready for spring training.

The 31-year-old won his second Gold Glove award in 2014 and batted .276 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 155 games for the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles.

Markakis owns a career batting average of .290 with 141 homers and 658 RBI over 1,365 appearances spanning nine seasons with the Orioles.