Brian Matusz arrived at Orioles spring training this week looking for a fresh start, hoping that an offseason dedicated to putting the memories of a nightmarish 2011 season behind him would begin to pay off.

For Matusz, who at this time last season was projected to be the front-line left-hander in the Orioles' starting rotation, Sarasota offers the perfect spring search for redemption.

Matusz began last season on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle. When he returned, he couldn't regain the form of his promising 2010 season, going 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA, the highest single-season ERA for any pitcher with more than 10 starts in major league history.