Left-hander Brian Matusz, whose struggles this year have thrown his status as one of the Orioles' top young players into serious question, has been removed from the team's starting rotation.

"He's not in the immediate future starting plans," manager Buck Showalter said while the Orioles waited to see whether the rain would relent at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. "He might pitch some out of the bullpen."

The decision came as no surprise to anyone who has watched Matusz get pounded for five or more earned runs in each of his past six starts and run his ERA up almost to 10.00. He is 1-7 with a 9.84 ERA in 10 starts after missing the first two months of the season with an intercostals strain and spending more than six weeks in the minor leagues.

"I think he's got a pretty good idea of where he is — mentally, physically and emotionally," Showalter said. "Maybe we might get him back out there for some spots where he might pitch an inning or two and kind of see where he is with some of the things that I'm sure he'll be working on. He's got a lot of work to do between now and next April. I look forward to him coming back and competing for a place on our team next year."