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Brian Matusz | Relief Pitcher | #15

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: San Diego
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (4) / BAL

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Diamondbacks signed LHP Brian Matusz to a minor league contract.
Matusz logged just nine innings at the major league level in 2016 and struggled to the tune of a 14.00 ERA. He had a very good year with the Orioles in 2015, but the 30-year-old left-hander will have to prove his worth in Diamondbacks camp this spring in order to land a 40-man roster spot. Mon, Feb 13, 2017 08:46:00 AM

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Cubs sent LHP Brian Matusz outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Matusz was designated for assignment by Chicago last week after getting hammered for six runs over just three innings in a spot start against the Mariners. He will remain with the Cubs organization as depth, but the 29-year-old left-hander is off the 40-man roster.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Cubs designated LHP Brian Matusz for assignment.

Matusz gets the boot after he was hammered for six runs over three innings against the Mariners on Sunday. Spencer Patton will take his place on the active roster.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 05:08:00 PM

Brian Matusz was clobbered by the Mariners on Sunday, surrendering six runs on six hits over three innings.

The left-hander walked two and struck out two in the spot start. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Dae Ho Lee each launching two-run homers. He's likely to head back to Triple-A Iowa after this one where he'll continue to function as rotation depth for the Cubs.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 12:37:00 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of LHP Brian Matusz from Triple-A Iowa.

He'll start for the Cubs on Sunday night against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. The 29-year-old southpaw looked good in two starts at Triple-A Iowa, posting a 1.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings. This is expected to just be a spot start though and he's likely heading back to the minors afterwards, regardless of how he pitches.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Brian Matusz is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Iowa to start for the Cubs on Sunday.

The Cubs have talked about wanting to slot in a sixth starter soon in order to give their starting five a bit of a breather and they have still yet to announce a starter for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox. Matusz, who was signed to a minor league deal in June, has posted a 1.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings in two starts at Triple-A Iowa.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 02:16:00 PM

Cubs signed LHP Brian Matusz to a minor league contract.

Matusz was traded from the Orioles to the Braves last month, but the focus of the deal was a draft pick coming Atlanta's way, so Matusz was quickly given his release. The 29-year-old dealt with a back injury in April and has struggled in limited work this season, but he's capable of being a useful piece for Chicago if healthy. Matusz posted a 3.32 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 from 2013-2015.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 12:09:00 PM

Braves released LHP Brian Matusz.

Matusz joined the Braves in a trade from the Orioles on May 23, but was almost immediately designated for assignment. This quick turnaround was due to the fact that the real allure of the trade for the Braves came in the form of a draft pick (No. 76) that the O's also tossed into the deal. Matusz passed through waivers unclaimed and now hits the free agent market following his release. The 29-year-old southpaw was sidelined with a back injury for most of April and struggled in limited action upon his return, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in six innings of work. Prior to 2016, though, he had posted three consecutive seasons with ERAs south of 3.55.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 10:07:00 PM

Braves designated LHP Brian Matusz for assignment.

Well, that was fast. The Braves acquired Matusz from the Orioles on Monday, but the deal was all about the draft pick (No. 76 overall in June's draft) and the corresponding draft pool money. They covered his remaining salary (around $3 million) in order to get the deal done.
Mon, May 23, 2016 09:13:00 PM

Braves acquired LHP Brian Matusz and competitive balance draft pick No. 76 from the Orioles for RHP Brandon Barker and LHP Trevor Belicek.

The Braves presumably agreed to cover Matusz's remaining salary -- he's making $3.9 million this season -- so they were able to pick up a draft pick and the corresponding draft pool money along with it. According to Mark Bowman of, the Braves are expected to designate Matusz for assignment, so this was all about the pick.
Mon, May 23, 2016 08:25:00 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that the Orioles have traded left-hander Brian Matusz.

Details aren't yet known. Matusz got a late start on the season with a back injury and has allowed eight runs on 11 hits and seven walks over six innings since returning to action. He's due to become a free agent this winter.
Mon, May 23, 2016 08:07:00 PM

Orioles activated LHP Brian Matusz from the 15-day disabled list.

Matusz is back after missing almost three weeks with a strained back. He'll return to Baltimore's pen as a left-hander specialist. The Orioles placed starter Yovani Gallardo (shoulder/bicep) on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Matusz.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 04:06:00 PM

Brian Matusz (back) is expected to be activated on Saturday.

He just finished up a rehab assignment with High-A Frederick. Matusz is finally ready to join the Baltimore pen after sitting out most of spring training with a strained back. More help is on the way as Kevin Gausman (shoulder) is expected to return Monday at Tampa Bay.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 05:08:00 PM

Brian Matusz (back) allowed just one hit and struck out nine over four scoreless innings Tuesday in a rehab appearance at High-A Frederick.

That'll do. It was the fifth minor league rehab outing for Matusz, who should be cleared to join the Orioles' bullpen later this week. He opened the season on the 15-day disabled list because of a back strain.
Source: MASN
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 10:03:00 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Brian Matusz (back) will make at least one more rehab appearance for High-A Frederick.

Matusz pitched three innings Friday, allowing two hits and one run with three strikeouts. Beat writer Roch Kubatko expects Matusz to pitch again Tuesday before joining the Orioles in Kansas City next weekend. Matusz is still getting up to speed after missing most of spring training with a strained back.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 07:32:00 PM

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