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Brian Matusz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Friday's loss to the Blue Jays that Brian Matusz (illness) wasn't at the park with the team.
Showalter said that Matusz went to the hospital, but didn't elaborate any further on the situation. It sounds as though he'll be unavailable on Saturday as well. Apr 11 - 9:53 PM

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Brian Matusz pitched a couple of scoreless frames before Monday's Red Sox-Orioles game was postponed due to rain.

Despite making his second start of the spring today, Matusz remains set to pitch in relief this season. He should be more than a specialist out of the pen, and he might even get the odd save chance if Tommy Hunter struggles. Still, he probably won't be worth using in AL-only leagues unless Hunter gets off to a bad start.
Mar 24 - 3:34 PM

Brian Matusz pitched two perfect innings, striking out three, in his return to the mound Tuesday.

Matusz had to go to the emergency room due to his peanut allergy on Sunday night, but it didn't cause him to miss an outing. He's pitched exactly two innings all three times out. It appears that the Orioles don't want to disappoint him by removing him from the rotation competition this early. However, they're also not really building him up as they would a starter.
Mar 11 - 5:01 PM

Brian Matusz went to the emergency room after an allergic reaction to peanuts on Sunday night.

He may not pitch on Tuesday for precautionary reasons, but he'll be back soon. Matusz broke through in the bullpen last year, and Baltimore will rely on him heavily in April with Troy Patton serving a 25-game suspension. Matusz held left-handed hitters to a .168 average in 2013.
Mar 11 - 11:19 AM

Brian Matusz got the start and pitched a couple of scoreless innings against the Red Sox on Sunday.

While the Orioles are following through on giving Matusz a look as a starter, it's really hard to imagine him beginning the season anywhere except the bullpen. There isn't as much of a need in the rotation now following the Ubaldo Jimenez signing, and there's a greater one in the pen with fellow left-hander Troy Patton serving a 25-game suspension.
Mar 2 - 5:03 PM

Brian Matusz will have a wart removed Tuesday in Philadelphia and may need a few days of rest.

It's nothing that would affect his status for Opening Day. Matusz found success in the Orioles' bullpen last year and will begin 2014 in a lefty specialist role.
Feb 24 - 1:32 PM

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun believes that Brian Matusz will remain in the Orioles bullpen for the upcoming 2014 season.

While the 26-year-old southpaw has made it clear that he would prefer to start, and will get an opportunity to compete for a rotation spot in spring training, he is likely to wind up back in the bullpen purely out of necessity. With Troy Patton serving a 25-game suspension to begin the season, Matusz finds himself as the lone left-hander in the pen. He was extremely successful in the role in 2013, holding left-handed hitters to a .168 average.
Feb 8 - 8:23 AM

Orioles avoided arbitration with LHP Brian Matusz by agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

It was Matusz's first year of arbitration eligibility. The southpaw reliever fared well in his first full season in the bullpen, posting a 3.53 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 51 frames.
Jan 17 - 2:44 PM

The Orioles will let Brian Matusz compete for a spot in the rotation in spring training.

Matusz appears to have found a home in the bullpen, but he wants to be a starter and the O's will give him that chance. "I know how much it means to Brian Matusz to be a starter," manager Buck Showalter said. "We know that we’re going to go into spring giving Brian the opportunity to start." Matusz holds a career 5.51 ERA as a starter and a 3.08 mark as a reliever. Ultimately, he's likely to wind up back in the bullpen.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 09:31:00 AM

Brian Matusz holds a 2.92 ERA and 12/3 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 relief innings this season.

The Orioles haven't dismissed the possibility of Matusz going back to starting, but he's really found a home in the bullpen. Since moving to the 'pen late last season, the left-hander boasts a 2.10 ERA and 31/6 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 frames. He'll continue to be the primary left-handed setup man ahead of closer Jim Johnson.
Fri, May 3, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Brian Matusz was informed by manager Buck Showalter that he has earned a spot in the Orioles' Opening Day bullpen.

Matusz entered the spring hoping to win a spot in the starting rotation but was thoroughly out-pitched by Jake Arrieta. The left-hander will work in long relief and won't hold any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 11:51:00 PM

Brian Matusz surrendered five runs in four innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

Andrew McCutchen homered off him. Matusz was probably doomed in the rotation competition as soon as Jake Arrieta had his strong outing Thursday. He should be an asset to the Orioles out of the pen, but he doesn't figure to have any fantasy value there.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 05:50:00 PM

Brian Matusz pitched five innings of one-run ball Tuesday in the Orioles' 8-7 defeat of the Red Sox.

With a 2.40 ERA and a 13/3 K/BB ratio in 15 innings, Matusz is pitching well enough to win a rotation spot. However, he has a big handicap in that he's better suited to contribute out of the bullpen than the rest of Baltimore's fifth-starter candidates. We still think that's where he'll end up.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 05:10:00 PM

Brian Matusz was terrific Wednesday, striking out seven over four hitless innings against the Twins.

Matusz allowed just one baserunner in the form of a Josh Willingham walk. The left-hander now holds a 2.70 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio over his first 10 spring innings as he tries to convince the Orioles to give him another shot in the rotation. Of course, Matusz dazzled last spring and then was a disaster in the rotation before finding his groove in the bullpen. He's probably best suited as a reliever at this point.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 09:11:00 PM

Brian Matusz started and pitched two scoreless innings Monday in the Orioles' 5-1 defeat of the Yankees.

While it may be a mistake to give up on Matusz as a starter, the Orioles would probably be better off keeping him in the pen given their bevy of rotation candidates. He impressed there last year, amassing a 1.35 ERA in 18 appearances. A decision on his role is still a few weeks away.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 05:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Nick Hundley
3Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2Steve Pearce
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1David Lough
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Ubaldo Jimenez
3Wei-Yin Chen
4Bud Norris
5Miguel Gonzalez
6Kevin Gausman
7Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Ryan Webb
6T.J. McFarland
7Brad Brach