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17 Brian Matusz RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/190 | Birthdate: 2/11/1987 | Birthplace: Grand Junction, CO | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Baltimore | College: San Diego | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,600,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Orioles' Brian Matusz throws two innings in extended spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz threw two innings in an extended spring training game in Sarasota on Saturday, according to a report by MASN Sports

Matusz is serving an eight-game suspension for using an illegal substance on the mound, to doctor the ball. He's eligible to return June 14 and is working at extended spring to stay fresh. 


Orioles RP Brian Matusz loses appeal, keeps 8-game suspension


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Orioles reliever Brian Matusz lost his appeal Friday and will serve an eight-game suspension for being caught with a foreign substance on his arm during an appearance on May 23, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. 

Matusz appealed the suspension in a hearing held in Houston on Wednesday that was attended by executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter, per MASNSports.com.

Brewers pitcher Will Smith, who was also given an eight-game suspension for the same infraction, saw his reduced to six games Friday after he made an appeal. 

Matusz can be with the team and participate in pregame activities, but can't be on the bench once the game begins. 


Date set for Orioles P Brian Matusz suspension hearing


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Orioles reliever Brian Matusz will have the hearing on his pending suspension on June 3. Matusz was ejected from a game on Saturday due to a foreign substance being found on his arm. As consequence, he was given an eight-game suspension, which he has since appealed. 


Orioles RP Brian Matusz receives 8-game suspension


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/25/2015) Orioles reliever Brian Matusz was issued an eight-game suspension by MLB Monday as punishment for being caught with a "foreign substance" on his arm during Saturday's game against the Marlins. 

Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning on Saturday after it was brought to the umpires' attention that Matusz had a visible substance on his arm. When the home plate umpire determined it was an illegal substance, he discussed with Orioles manager Buck Showalter briefly before ejecting Matusz from the game.

Matusz will appeal the suspension, which is the same doled out to Brewers reliever Will Smith after he was caught with an illegal substance on his arm earlier in the week.

"Each case is different and that's why you have the appeal process to make sure it's not just some blanket punishment," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNSports.com. "I'm sure that's why it's in place, to find out if this is different. You've got to start somewhere and that's why the process is in place. And when it's over and said and they decide how many games it is compared to everything else, I'll probably be a little more opinionated on it."

Matusz is 1-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 14 appearances this season. 


Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz ejected for foreign substance on arm


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of Saturday's game against the Marlins for having a foreign substance visible on his arm.

The home plate umpire went out to the mound after noticing something on Matusz's arm. When he determined it was an illegal substance, he discussed with manager Buck Showalter briefly before ejecting Matusz from the game.

"I have my own personal opinions about the issue but right now with emotions running high, we're going to let this settle and address questions at a later time," Matusz said to MASN Sports.

Matusz went 2/3 of an inning with a strikeout before getting tossed.


Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz available to throw on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz is available to pitch out of the bullpen on Wednesday after being held out for the last two days, according to MASN Sports.

Matusz took a comebacker off the tip of his thumb against the Yankees and was held out for the last two days. He has a .292 ERA with seven strikeouts and one walk in 12 1/3 innings of work this season.


Report: Orioles discussing Brian Matusz, Ryan Webb in trade talks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) The Orioles are having ongoing trade discussions involving relief pitchers Brian Matusz and Ryan Webb, FOX Sports reports.

Webb was designated for assignment Monday, so the team is looking to receive something in return for the player after removing him from the 40-man roster. Matusz delivered the best season of his career in 2014, posting a 3.48 ERA and 53:17 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings.


Report: Mets interest in Matusz hasn't gone beyond scouting stage


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Mets interest in Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz hasn't gone beyond the scouting stage, according to the New York Post. A source said the rumor that the two sides have discussed players and money is "incorrect."

Orioles' Brian Matusz pitching well amid reported trade rumors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz had another strong spring outing Friday against the Red Sox, tossing four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and no walks, while striking out two.

Matusz lowered his ERA to 0.87. He has allowed just one run in 10 1/3 innings. He also has 10 strikeouts and hasn't walked a batter.

“I don’t think there’s any secret there, what the ultimate goal is,” Matusz said of being a starter rather than a reliever, per MLB.com. “But right now being an Oriole the goal is to go out and pitch and get better every day and control what I can control and do whatever I can to help this team win ballgames."

While Matusz continues to pitch well, he is reportedly drawing trade interest. Matusz admitted it's hard to ignore the rumors.

“I mean, it’s no secret. I’m well aware of talks and things going on,” said Matusz, “But for me all I can control is what I can control. To be able to go out and pitch and get extended and throw all four pitches and mix. Be able to pitch my game is really what it’s all about.”


Mets scouting O's LHP Brian Matusz as replacement for Josh Edgin


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) With reliever Josh Edgin expected to miss the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, the Mets have been scouting Orioles reliever Brian Matusz, eyeing the left-hander as a potential replacement for New York's bullpen, according to the New York Post. Scott Rice , Dario Alvarez, Jack Leathersich and Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin are considered the internal options to take Edgin's spot, if the Mets don't make a trade.

Orioles' Brian Matusz draws start to work on changeup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz was given a rare start Saturday against the Rays to work on his changeup, reports MLB.com. He allowed two hits and struck out three over three innings.

"Once you get out there on the mound, it's really the same game," Matusz said of his one-day conversion from reliever to starter. "You've still got to make pitches and get hitters out.

"It was just a matter of relearning the pregame routine of when to get out, when to start playing catch and things like that. It was nice to have guys like [Chris] Tillman around to help."


Orioles' Brian Matusz tosses scoreless inning in return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz tossed a scoreless inning in his return to the mound.

Matusz came into camp dealing with a shoulder issue, but said he was pretty close to 100 percent. He allowed one hit during his one inning of work, and struck out one batter. Matusz is expected to open the season in the team's bullpen. 

The 28-year-old posted a 3.48 ERA over 51 2/3 innings last year.


Orioles' Brian Matusz expected to throw one inning Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz, who received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder Monday due to an AC joint sprain, will work one inning during Thursday's split squad game against the Blue Jays, according to manager Buck Showalter. He is slated to start March 14 against the Rays.

Orioles' Matusz on injured shoulder: 'It's almost 100 percent'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Orioles reliever Brian Matusz received a cortisone injection into his right shoulder Monday to alleviate the discomfort caused by a strained AC joint, according to MASNsports.com. Matusz said he sustained the injury about six weeks ago while working out.

"It's something that hasn't affected anything on the baseball field, but in the weight room it's definitely limited things, so we decided to just go in there since it was the right shoulder and put a cortisone (injection) in there," Matusz said. "It's starting to feel better, almost 100 percent."

Matusz threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch in a game against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

"It was only done for the purposes of being able to get back in the weight room to continue my normal workout routines," he said.


Orioles' Brian Matusz dealing with shoulder soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz had a sore right shoulder after Tuesday's workouts but still completed his bullpen session, the Baltimore Sun reports. Matusz has put together two successful seasons in the team's bullpen over the last two years, striking out 103 batters in 102 2/3 innings over 128 appearances.

O's avoid arbitration with Wieters, Tillman, Davis, Matusz


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Orioles have locked up catcher Matt Wieters, starter Chris Tillman, first baseman Chris Davis and reliever Brian Matusz on Friday, avoiding arbitration, according to MASN Sports, the Baltimore Sun and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Wieters will make $8.3 million and Matusz will make $3.2 million. Meanwhile, Tillman reached a $4.315 million settlement for 2015. He earned $546,000 last year.


Report: Orioles, Pirates discuss Matusz-for-Snider trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Orioles and Pirates met to discuss a trade that would send Brian Matusz to Pittsburgh in exchange for outfielder Travis Snider, a source told MASNsports.com. However, it doesn't appear a deal is imminent.

O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Brian Matusz in, Ubaldo Jimenez out of Orioles ALCS roster


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Brian Matusz has replaced disappointing fellow right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on the Orioles  roster for the American League Championship Series, per MLB.com

Matusz performed more effectively than Jimenez in the regular season. He compiled a 2-3 record and 3.48 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings. Jimenez struggled greatly with his control in losing his rotation spot and earning a trip to the minors. He finished 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA and 77 walks in 125 1/3 innings.


Brian Matusz pegged with the loss Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz was charged with the loss Thursday night against the Rangers.

Matusz (2-2) surrendered surrendered two runs, including a run-scoring single to Alex Rios in the seventh. He was charged with two unearned runs on one hit in two-thirds of an inning. He owns a 3.32 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in 21 2/3 innings of relief.

Brian Matusz picks up second win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz recorded a win Tuesday after giving up one earned run on one hit and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings in his team's 8-3 win over the Rangers.

The one hit Matusz (2-1) surrendered was a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh, but the Orioles responded with six runs in the top of the eighth to hand Matusz the win. He owns a 3.43 ERA and 14:9 K:BB ratio in 21 innings.


Brian Matusz coughs up late lead


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Orioles reliever Brian Matusz suffered his first loss of the season Sunday night against Boston.

Matusz was unable to hang on in the ninth inning, and was charged with one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one in just one-third of an inning. He owns a 6.75 ERA over 6 2/3 innings pitched this season.


Brian Matusz rejoins team Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz rejoined the team Sunday after missing two games due to an illness. Matusz said he feels strong after getting IV fluids at the hospital Friday and considers himself available to pitch, per The Baltimore Sun.

O's hope to have Brian Matusz back Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) The Orioles are expecting to have pitcher Brian Matusz back with the club on Sunday against the Blue Jays, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic reports. Matusz has been out since Friday due to flu-like conditions.

He has allowed three runs in three innings pitched this season.


Brian Matusz feeling better Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz is feeling better Saturday after dealing with flu-like symptoms Friday, masnsports.com reports.

Matusz was released from the hospital late Friday night after going to the emergency room with an illness. His availability for Saturday's game has yet to be determined.