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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: 6 | Salary: $1,600,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/1 | Average Draft Position: 403.60
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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.


Brian Matusz dealing with illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz was not at the park and went to the emergency room on Friday because of an illness, the Baltimore Sun reports. Matusz's status remains uncertain for Saturday's tilt against the Blue Jays.

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

Brian Matusz earns win Wednesday vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz picked up his first win of the season Wednesday after pitching two-thirds of an inning, allowing no runs and one walk in his team's 5-4 win over the Yankees.

Matusz (1-0) took over with the two sides tied 3-3 and a man on third with one out, but he was able to get a foul out before intentionally walking Carlos Beltran. He then ended the inning on a fly out to center field. Matusz has given up three earned runs in three innings over five appearances.


Brian Matusz could be groomed again for starting role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The role of left-hander and former Orioles stud prospect Brian Matusz seems to be changing. He appeared destined for a bullpen role, but has recently been stretched out. He threw five innings in a minor league game Tuesday.

Matusz pitched all of last year in the bullpen, but might now be geared toward returning to his original role as a starter. His pitch count reached 60 in his latest effort as he mixed in all four of his pitches.


Brian Matusz might miss outing due to allergic reaction


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz had an allergic reaction to peanuts Sunday night, which triggered his asthma. He might sit out Tuesday's spring game against the Red Sox as a result of the allergic reaction.

Brian Matusz to have wart removed next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz will have a wart removed from his finger next week, according to MASN.

Matusz will leave the club next Thursday in order to get rid of the wart. He should return to the team Thursday night. Matusz has been dealing with the issue throughout most of camp, and the team has delayed his trip back to the east coast due to bad weather.

Matusz posted a 3.53 ERA in 51 innings last season.


Brian Matusz shows no rust in first spring outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz showed no signs of rust in his first Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Red Sox.

Matusz surrendered singles to Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts. He allowed just two hits through two perfect innings in an 8-6 loss.

Brian Matusz getting trip pushed back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz was scheduled to have a wart removed in Philadelphia, but the team decided to push his trip back, according to MASN.

Matusz has been dealing with the issue during the spring. He was supposed to head to Philly tomorrow, but the team is worried about Matusz getting stuck in bad weather while on the East Coast. Matusz posted a 3.53 ERA in 51 innings last season.


Brian Matusz to have wart removed from hand


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz is headed to Philadelphia following an intrasquad game Tuesday to have a wart removed from his left index finger. He could miss a few days.

Brian Matusz hoping changeup helps him earn spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz is determined to win a spot in the team's rotation this spring.

"That's the plan," Matusz told MASNsports.com. "This offseason, I've been long-tossing and stretching it out a bit."

Matusz added he's been working on his changeup in order to perform better against right-handed batters, who hit .302 against him last season and .305 against the left-handed pitcher in his career.

"That's the most important thing as a starter, being able to compete better against right-handed hitters and getting that changeup going," Matusz said. "That's the plan going into spring training, to be able to start, and I'm pressing for that now. I'm looking forward to getting on that five-day rotaition and competing for a rotation spot."


Brian Matusz avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz has avoided arbitration with the club.

Matusz is set to earn $2.4 million next season. He posted a 3.53 ERA last season mainly working as a reliever. 


Orioles planning to tender all arbitration eligible players


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told the Baltimore Sun Monday he has no intention of letting his arbitration eligible players go.

"We are planning on tendering those guys," Duquette said. "Most of the guys we have there are real good players."

First baseman Chris Davis highlights the list of arbitration eligible players, which features eight additional names. They are: catcher Matt Wieters; outfielders Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce; and pitchers Troy Patton, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson and Bud Norris


Brian Matusz a likely trade candidate


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz is a likely trade candidate this offseason, CSNBaltimore.com reports. Matusz, who made $1.6 million in 2013 in his first season of arbitration eligibility, is due a raise and may be out of the team's budget for a left-handed reliever.

Matusz would also like the opportunity to start, which may not present itself in Baltimore. He went 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 50:16 K:BB ratio in 51 innings while making 65 relief appearances and no starts in 2013.


Brian Matusz staying in bullpen -- for now


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2013) Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com Saturday that Brian Matusz will remain in the bullpen.

Matusz worked a scoreless inning in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers and has a 1.35 ERA through seven appearances.

"We still think he has that potential [to be a starter]," Showalter said. "Right now, he's in our bullpen. But he's not so far removed with the innings he's pitched to still be an option [as a starter]."

Brian Matusz makes Orioles' bullpen


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2013) Brian Matusz has made the Orioles as a reliever, MASN reports.

Matusz, 26, failed as a starter last season as he allowed a brutal 5.42 ERA and 1.713 WHIP in 16 starts (84.2 innings). He was excellent upon a late-season transition to the bullpen, as he allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks over 13.1 innings, including an eye-popping 19 strikeouts.

It's a small sample as a reliever, but it wouldn't be surprising if he succeeds in the bullpen. Matusz has struggled to turn his excellent stuff into strikeouts as a starter, as he owns a mediocre 7.1 K/9 out of the rotation. Even more worrying, he has served up 57 home runs in 68 starts, a brutal 1.45 HR/9. Starters transitioning to relief often improve those two statistics in particular, especially when they throw as hard as Matusz -- see the Rule of 17 -- so he'll be one to watch in the bullpen this season.


Brian Matusz losing grip on rotation battle


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2013) Orioles rotation candidate Brian Matusz got his chance to state his case for manager Buck Showalter in a Grapefruit League start Sunday against the Pirates. Staked to an 8-0 lead before he even stepped foot on the mound, Matusz did not put his best foot forward against the Pirates.

Matusz completed just four innings as he surrendered five runs on nine hits and a walk. He allowed a two-run home run to Andrew McCutchen in the first inning and only pitched one clean frame. Matusz threw 67 pitches and 46 went for strikes as he struck out two batters. His struggles came against the same team that Jake Arrieta pitched well against Thursday.

With Matusz's ability and experience as a left-handed specialist in the bullpen, the scales now seem to tip heavily in favor of Arrieta winning the No. 5 rotation spot. Of course, Steve Johnson and Jair Jurrjens remain in the running and Showalter has not officially ruled Matusz out yet, either.

Brian Matusz sees room for improvement


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2013) Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz permitted one run and six hits over five innings during Baltimore's 8-7 victory over Boston in Grapefruit League action Tuesday. Matusz, who remains in the team's battle for the final spot in the rotation, had two strikeouts and walked a batter. He has now issued one walk in each of his past two games, spanning nine innings.

"At times, I feel I'm throwing too many strikes and gave up a couple of two-strike hits today," the left-hander told MASNSports.com. "I'd like to bury the slider a little better, get that changeup down in the zone, but for the most part I was able to find a rhythm and find consistency out there."


Matusz with best outing to date


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2013) Baltimore rotation candidate Brian Matusz may have just put manager Buck Showalter on notice on Wednesday night in a Grapefruit League start against the Twins. A starter-turned-lefty-specialist last season, Matusz was hoping to compete for the rotation again this spring. He's come on strong after a slow start and definitely impressed against the Twins. Matusz went four innings and did not allow a hit or run with just one walk and seven strikeouts. He lowered his spring ERA to 2.70 in the process. Matusz has allowed just three runs and six hits over 10 spring innings with 11 Ks.

Matusz hurts starting chances


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2013) Baltimore rotation candidate Brian Matusz was a long shot to regain a spot in manager Buck Showalter's starting five heading into the spring. He may have killed his chances with his outing Saturday against the Rays. Matusz followed Wei-Yin Chen to the mound in the third inning. After a spotless first, Matusz surrendered a walk and a two-run homer to Yunel Escobar. He then allowed a solo shot to Ryan Roberts. Matusz gave up three runs on two hits and a walk over two innings with a strikeout. His ERA this spring is at 6.75.

Matusz fighting for a rotation spot


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2013) Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz yielded two hits in two scoreless innings during a Grapefruit League matchup against the Yankees on Monday. Matusz earned the start in possibly his last spring audition for a spot in the rotation and tossed 30 pitches (20 strikes). He allowed just two singles, including an infield hit to Brett Garnder. "It was nice to get out there and get the first one out of the way, kind of get in the rhythm again," Matusz told MASNSports.com. "It's been a while since I've been a starter. It's nice to work on the routine again and try and find that."

Matusz avoids arbitration


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2013) Baltimore signed pitcher Brian Matusz to a one-year, $1.6 million contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Matusz, who is expected to be healthy for spring training, will be allowed to compete with starters for a rotation spot.