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Brian Matusz | Relief Pitcher | #17

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: San Diego
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (4) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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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. May 23 - 9:13 PM

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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.
May 23 - 8:25 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.
May 23 - 8:07 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.
Apr 23 - 4:06 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.
Apr 21 - 5:08 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
Apr 19 - 10:03 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.
Apr 16 - 7:32 PM

Brian Matusz (back) will not be activated Thursday.

Instead the Orioles, off to a 6-0 start, will have him go multiple innings behind Kevin Gausman (shoulder) on Friday at High-A Frederick. If that outing goes well, Matusz should be activated over the weekend. He gave up six runs in one inning of work Monday with Double-A Bowie.
Apr 12 - 5:27 PM

Brian Matusz (back) allowed six runs on seven hits over one inning Monday in his latest rehab appearance with Double-A Bowie.

Matusz was expected to pitch 2-3 innings, but the shaky appearance prevented that. Barring a change of plans, the southpaw will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.
Apr 12 - 8:59 AM

Brian Matusz (back) will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

Matusz is on a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie and will make a multi-inning appearance on Monday. He got a late start to the season due to a back issue.
Apr 10 - 11:58 AM

Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles are considering having Brian Matusz (back) pitch 2-3 innings for Double-A Bowie on Monday before joining the team in Texas.

Matusz is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday but it looks like the Orioles won't activate him until Thursday at the earliest. The left-hander has looked good in his two rehab appearances, allowing one run over two innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
Apr 9 - 4:54 PM

Brian Matusz (back) felt good after his rehab appearance with Double-A Bowie on Friday and could come off the disabled list as early as Sunday.

Matusz was able to throw all of his pitches without issue during Friday's outing. Even if he isn't activated on Sunday, it shouldn't be long after.
Apr 9 - 3:23 PM

Brian Matusz (back) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance April 7 at Double-A Bowie.

And he could join the Orioles' bullpen on April 10 if that outing goes smoothly. Matusz struggled with a back injury for much of camp, but it's nothing too serious.
Apr 4 - 11:37 AM

Orioles placed LHP Brian Matusz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back.

Matusz battled a back injury for all of camp. He's resumed throwing off a mound and could only miss a week or two of action.
Apr 3 - 1:37 PM

Brian Matusz (back) threw 18 pitches off a mound over the weekend and is planning a similar workout for Tuesday.

The cortisone injection he was given last week seems to have done the trick. Matusz will try to get himself ready for the opening of the regular season. It's possible he could miss a week or two, but nothing more.
Mar 28 - 9:00 AM

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