Brian Matusz RUMORS & NEWS

  • Need a lefty? Orioles “are open to trading” Brian Matusz

    Hardball Talk "According to Ken Rosenthal of the Orioles “are open to trading” left-hander Brian Matusz and “are willing to include cash in a deal” to cover part of his $3.2 million salary. Earlier this week the Baltimore Sun reported that the Mets were scouting Matusz as they look for a lefty..." March 18

  • Mets “have been scouting” Orioles lefty Brian Matusz

    Hardball Talk "Unhappy with their in-house options among left-handed relievers the Mets “have been scouting” Orioles southpaw Brian Matusz, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. Josh Edgin undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery leaves the Mets especially lacking in lefty reliever candidates and Matusz..." March 16

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    Brittany Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli

    Matusz back on Os roster. No Jimenez

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    Roch Kubatko @masnRoch

    Brian Matusz going to Philly after intrasquad tomorrow to get wart removed left index finger. Had one 2 years ago #Orioles

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Orioles and Brian Matusz agreed at $2.4M to avoid arbitration

  • Orioles will tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players including Reimold

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles don’t have to make an official decision for a week, but they will tender contracts to all nine of their arbitration eligible players, according to the club’s top executive. “We are planning on tendering those guys,” said Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette. “Most of the..." November 25

  • Orioles thoughts and observations on Matusz, Gausman, Roberts and McCutchen

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz’s five-inning, one-run outing on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers continues to make this spring battle for the No. 5 rotation spot tight with less than two weeks to go in big league camp. On Tuesday, Matusz was very aggressive in pounding the..." March 20

  • Matusz dazzling in Orioles' 9-4 win over Twins

    CSN Baltimore "Brian Matusz doesn’t want to be typecast as a situational left-hander. He’s much too young for that. At 26, there’s plenty of time for him to still establish himself as a major league starter despite the 2011 season that humiliated him. Fresh off his all-time major league worst 10.69 ERA,..." March 14

  • Orioles agree to one-year deals with Wieters, Davis, Matusz and Patton

    Baltimore Sun "The deadline for submitting arbitration filings was 1 p.m. today, and the Orioles avoided that process with four of their seven players still eligible for arbitration. The club, which does not release arbitration signing figures, announced that it agreed to one-year deals with catcher Matt..." January 18

  • Matusz on track for Spring Training after surgery "Brian Matusz had surgery last month to repair a rectus abdominis tear, an injury he pitched with for the final three months of the 2012 campaign. The rectus abdominis is a large muscle in the center of the abdomen that extends from the ribs to the front of the pubic bone. Matusz is the second..." November 07

  • Young Orioles pitchers make smooth transitions to bullpen

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn't go old school by design. It was purely by necessity and circumstance that four of his young, inexperienced starters have ended up in the bullpen in September. "That's the way it used to be done," Showalter said. "You used to come up as a reliever,..." September 16

  • Orioles thinking about Matusz in bullpen

    CSN Baltimore "With Troy Patton on the disabled list, J.C. Romero is the only left-handed option in the bullpen. If manager Buck Showalter has his way, Brian Matusz may be another one. Matusz, who was sent down to Norfolk on July 1, has been inconsistent with the Tides. He's 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA in six..." August 14

  • Orioles send Brian Matusz down to Triple-A Norfolk

    Baltimore Sun "As the Orioles packed up for their final road trip of a surprising first half Sunday evening, left-hander Brian Matusz was left behind, the obvious casualty of a club — and a starting rotation — that is seemingly wilting as the summer progresses. Matusz, in a funk for his past five starts,..." July 02

  • Matusz struggles again in Orioles' 7-3 loss to Angels

    Baltimore Sun "Brian Matusz had already allowed 11 hits through five innings of work Tuesday night, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter wanted to see if he could scrape one more inning out of his left-handed starter. Showalter believed Matusz earned the right to go out for a sixth inning. He had allowed just..." June 27

  • Matusz bunts ball off face during batting practice

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, who is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit himself in the face with a bunted ball while participating in pitchers' hitting practice Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming interleague series in National League parks. X-rays were..." June 13

  • Injury updates on Matusz and Chavez

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz said he is preparing himself mentally to start Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he won't know for sure until he gets through the night with a swollen and bruised nose. "In talking with the doctor, he said there could be some swelling..." June 13

  • Throwing slider with confidence a key to Matusz's success

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles will send their hottest pitcher – left-hander Brian Matusz – to the mound tonight with the opportunity to sweep the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Yes, Matusz, who entered the season possessing the longest personal losing streak in baseball, seems to have things figured out of..." June 07

  • Matusz dazzles as Orioles beat Rays, 2-1, and climb back into first place

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles needed a starting pitching performance to remember Saturday night. They needed something to restore faith in their rotation, something to help stop their sudden swoon. Brian Matusz was up for the challenge. The 25-year-old left-hander turned in his best performance of the season..." June 03

  • Matusz: 'I just never got in a good rhythm today'

    Baltimore Sun "Brian Matusz didn't make any excuses. He struggled through five innings and gave up seven earned runs to poke a big hole in all the optimism that was waiting for the Orioles when they returned from a wildly successful road trip through New York and Boston. "I just never got in a good rhythm..." May 08

  • Matusz has first quality start since 2010 as Orioles sweep Blue Jays

    Baltimore Sun "It had been nearly 18 months since Brian Matusz pitched a game with the precision of the one he threw against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. During Matusz's dubious losing streak – the longest in the major leagues – the Orioles left-hander has shown flashes of revival, but those games..." April 27

  • Matusz under a microscope

    Baltimore Sun "Though you'd never know it by his pitching line, left-hander Brian Matusz took another step forward on Sunday at Rogers Centre. He continues to struggle some with his command, but he looks like he's gotten some things figured out. He again had to fight the tendency to overthrow, his fastball..." April 16

  • Matusz struggles as Orioles lose first of season

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took the mound Monday night for his first start of this young season hoping he could begin to erase the images of his horrible 2011 season. He spoke of pitching with a clean slate, of April optimism and feeling stronger than ever after an offseason dedicated to his..." April 10

  • Matusz's rough outing just ratchets up the pressure on him

    Baltimore Sun "Everyone on the Orioles was pulling big-time for Brian Matusz last night at Camden Yards. Why wouldn't they? He's a good kid who struggled through a horrendous (1-9, 10.69 ERA) 2011 season. And the big lefty is being counted on heavily -- again -- this season as the Orioles try to avoid another..." April 10

  • Matusz excited for a new start Monday against Yankees

    Baltimore Sun "For Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, his first start of the season Monday night brings a new beginning — and a clean slate. Matusz, who earned the No. 4 spot in the rotation this spring, will make his season debut against the defending AL East champion New York Yankees. And the 25-year-old..." April 09

  • Doubts linger after latest Matusz start

    Baltimore Sun "There's little debate to the notion that Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has pitched well this spring training -- especially considering he's coming off an awful 2011 season -- but whether he's dazzled the team brass enough to earn a starting rotation spot remains to be seen. Orioles manager..." March 26

  • Velocity shows Orioles' Matusz is bouncing back well

    Baltimore Sun "Four spring training starts aren't a big enough sample size to declare Brian Matusz back on track in his quest to become the staff ace that the Orioles so desperately need, but fans have to like what they're seeing from the left-hander so far in 2012. Matusz gave up three runs and six hits in..." March 22

  • Matusz sparkles for second straight Grapefruit League outing

    Baltimore Sun "Before Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took the mound at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday, his catcher, Ronny Paulino, had a piece of advice: "Let's have fun." "So, OK, I went out there and had fun with it," said Matusz, who turned in his second consecutive scoreless spring outing, this..." March 16

  • Matusz throws four scoreless innings

    Baltimore Sun "This was only Brian Matusz's second Grapefruit League outing of the spring, but the results had to have Orioles fans optimistic. Matusz, trying to rebound from a poor 2011 season, threw four scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field on..." March 11

  • Brian Matusz finds the positives in exhibition debut

    Baltimore Sun "Brian Matusz gave up three runs on six hits during his two-inning performance in the home exhibition opener at Ed Smith Stadium on Monday night, but the pitching line didn't tell the whole story in the Orioles' 10-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Matusz obviously wanted to get off to a good..." March 06

  • Stronger Matusz looks to shrug off weight of poor 2011 season

    Baltimore Sun "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..." February 24

  • Wieters: Matusz looks like 2010 version

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles pitchers Dylan Bundy and Wei-Yin Chen might have drawn the most attention at Wednesday's bullpen sessions, but catcher Matt Wieters' assessment of the day might be one of the highlights of the early days of camp. Asked whether anyone besides Bundy and Chen stood out, Wieters made it a..." February 23

  • Matusz rocked again in Orioles' 10-6 loss to Tigers

    Baltimore Sun "For much of the season, Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz has tried to put a positive spin on his disastrous year, promising to work hard and attempt to turn around 2011 while he still could. The Orioles' 10-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Sunday was Matusz's last chance of the year, and..." September 26

  • Matusz and Showalter talk about another rough outing

    Baltimore Sun "Brian Matusz has been talking all year about how he's not going to let himself get frustrated, that he is going to keep working to get over this season-long funk. He delivered the same message on Monday, perhaps in a more subdued, reflective manner, after allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings in a..." September 20

  • Matusz could pitch again this year

    Baltimore Sun "Brian Matusz hasn't pitched in a game since the Orioles removed him from the rotation after he gave up five runs in 11/3 innings to the New York Yankees on Sept. 5, but manager Buck Showalter said he hasn't closed the door yet on Matusz's season, and that the 24-year-old left-hander has been..." September 15

  • Orioles drop struggling Matusz out of rotation

    Baltimore Sun "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..." September 07

  • Matusz rocked early by Yankees in Orioles' 11-10 loss

    Baltimore Sun "Even a seven-homer slugfest was not enough to make anyone forget what was really important about the Orioles' 11-10 loss to the New York Yankees on a steamy Monday afternoon in the Bronx. Struggling pitcher Brian Matusz may have used up his last lifeline. Matusz was hoping that a trip to..." September 06

  • Struggling Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz likely to face Yankees on Monday

    Baltimore Sun "Brian Matusz won't have to wait long to return to the Orioles' rotation. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that the struggling left-hander will oppose the New York Yankees in Monday's series opener in New York. Matusz was originally scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Rays today before..." September 04

  • Matusz's turn skipped; not sure when he'll start again (Update: Hunter released from hospital)

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles starter Brian Matusz has had his turn in the rotation skipped and isn't sure when he'll pitch again. Manager Buck Showalter said his five-man rotation will remain on regular turn – Zach Britton pitches Friday, Alfredo Simon on Saturday and Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday – and that Matusz is..." September 02

  • Oakland A's beat Baltimore Orioles to halt four-game losing streak

    Oakland Tribune "Brian Matusz is a former first-round pick, a 24-year-old the Orioles hope will ascend to the top of their rotation one day. Around the A's clubhouse, however, Matusz is a cure for ill bats. The A's continued their dominance of the left-hander Tuesday, tagging Matusz for six earned runs in an..." August 17

  • Orioles find positives in Matusz's outing

    Baltimore Sun "If you looked solely at Brian Matusz's line in the Orioles' 8-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics last night - six earned runs on eight hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings - you'd conclude that the young lefty had another forgettable outing in his return to the big leagues. However, the guys..." August 17

  • Brian Matusz says he wasn't 'mentally prepared' for the start of the season

    Baltimore Sun "Struggling left-hander Brian Matusz acknowledged Wednesday that he wasn't "mentally prepared" for the start of the season and that he lost confidence in himself after being asked to make mechanical changes that he wasn't comfortable making. "Obviously, coming in not prepared is pretty clear to..." July 28

  • Showalter: Orioles' Matusz might have to pitch through decreased velocity

    Baltimore Sun "It's no secret that the Orioles are more than a little concerned with Brian Matusz's declining velocity. Matusz insists that he's healthy, and that might be true, but the radar gun doesn't lie. A player who once regularly threw 94 mph fastballs now tops out in the high 80s, and opposing hitters..." June 27

  • Matusz struggles again and Reds pound O's, 10-5

    Baltimore Sun "Since coming off the disabled list early this month, left-hander Brian Matusz hasn't looked like the pitcher that stormed through the minors two years ago and gave Orioles' fans so much hope for the future. That optimism has been replaced by a deflating combination of disappointment and..." June 26

  • Orioles see injury added to insult in 4-2 loss to Nationals

    Baltimore Sun "There was no consistent or significant spike in Brian Matusz's velocity, but for five innings Saturday afternoon, the young left-hander made enough quality pitches to provide encouragement for a team desperately in need of it. But any good sentiment was gone by the time Matusz limped off the..." June 19

  • Brian Matusz leaves game with hamstring cramps

    Baltimore Sun "There was no consistent or significant spike in Brian Matusz's velocity, but for five innings Saturday afternoon, the young left-hander made enough quality pitches to provide encouragement for a team desperately in need of it. But any good sentiment was gone by the time Matusz limped off the..." June 19

  • Early exit for Matusz in Orioles' 9-6 loss to Rays

    Baltimore Sun "Third baseman Mark Reynolds made two errors -- both leading to Tampa Bay Rays runs -- and center fielder Adam Jones played Evan Longoria's tailing liner into a two-run, inside-the-park home run. The Rays got absolutely no resistance in stealing four bases in the first two innings, while Orioles..." June 13

  • Matusz says that he's not worried about decreased velocity

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles manager Buck Showalter certainly raised some eyebrows when following his team's 4-2 victory last night, he acknowledged that it's not a given that young starter Brian Matusz regains his velocity. "Most guys that you get, not necessarily Brian, but they all in their career go down,"..." June 07

  • Matusz good enough as Orioles beat A's, 4-2

    Baltimore Sun "Brian Matusz walked into the home clubhouse at Camden Yards on Monday afternoon and smiled broadly when he overheard a conversation about the amateur draft that was set to begin in three hours. "I remember that day," Matusz said. With much of the night's focus on whom the Orioles would..." June 07

  • Jones, Matusz help Orioles end 5-game skid

    Baltimore Sun "The smiles flashed throughout the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field, from Brian Matusz, who was solid in his 2011 big league debut, from Adam Jones, who again tormented his former team with the game-winning home run and a game-saving catch, and from Nick Markakis, whose first professional game at..." June 02

  • Matusz close to rejoining Orioles' rotation

    Baltimore Sun "In four more days, Brian Matusz's wait will likely be over. A day after Matusz allowed one earned run in five-plus innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk, he rejoined the major league club and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the lefty will probably make his 2011 big league debut..." May 29