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Brian Matusz | Relief Pitcher | #17

Team: Baltimore Orioles
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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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

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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

Brian Matusz (back) could throw off a mound on Saturday.

Matusz's back is feeling better after a cortisone shot on Sunday, as he's resumed throwing on flat ground and is nearing mound work. However, he's made just two appearances this spring and is a long shot for Opening Day.
Mar 25 - 4:53 PM

Brian Matusz (back) will play catch on Friday.

Matusz had a cortisone shot on Sunday after his back stiffened up on him again. He said his back feels great now, but he's made just two appearances this spring and isn't sure when he'll be game-ready again. The lefty is looking like a long shot for Opening Day.
Mar 25 - 8:24 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it's going to be a "real challenge" for Brian Matusz (back) to be ready for Opening Day.

Matusz seemed to be making progress in his recovery from a strained back but received a cortisone injection after suffering a setback on Sunday. Showalter basically confirmed what was already known—Matusz is going to start the year on the disabled list. The left-hander posted a career-best 2.94 ERA over 58 relief appearances last season.
Mar 24 - 10:03 PM

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SS1J.J. Hardy
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LF1Joey Rickard
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3Hyun-soo Kim
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RF1Mark Trumbo
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3Ubaldo Jimenez
4Kevin Gausman
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Relief Pitcher
R1Zach Britton
2Darren O'Day
3Brad Brach
4Brian Matusz
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7Dylan Bundy
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