Matusz was activated from Triple-A Iowa's DL and was transferred to Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday, The Smokies Radio Network reports. Matusz made two rehab starts for the AZL Cubs, Chicago's Rookie Ball affiliate, and tossed five scoreless innings while only allowing one hit and one walk. The 29-year-old will now head to Double-A Tennessee where he'll continue the 2016 campaign.
Matusz signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Matusz was DFA'd by the Braves last month following a trade from the Orioles. the left-hander struggled through seven appearances for the O's, conceding 11 hits and eight earned runs over just 6.0 total innings. Matusz will likely land at Triple-A Iowa, where he'll look to get things straightened out in hopes of earning his way into the Chicago bullpen at some point later in the season.
Matusz was designated for assignment by the Braves on Monday. Matusz was traded from the Orioles for two minor-league pitchers on Monday. He was seen as a bit of a weak link, as he has an ERA of 12.00 and WHIP of 3.00 compared to the Orioles bullpen's collective ERA of 2.67. He was expected to be designated for assignment, to give him time to improve in the minor leagues.
Matusz was traded to the Braves on Monday for minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek. Matusz has been off to a rough start to the 2016 campaign, as his ERA and WHIP are 12.00 and 3.00 respectively. Due to Baltimore having one of the league's top bullpens with a collective ERA of just 2.67, Matusz was seen as a weak link in an otherwise strong group. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves are expected to designate Matusz for assignment, giving him time to improve in the minor leagues.
Matusz was lit up for four runs on five hits (two homers) and a walk across 1.2 innings in Tuesday's 10-0 loss to the Mariners. The Orioles were trailing 4-0 in the fifth inning when Matusz entered the game, suggesting that manager Buck Showalter isn't yet comfortable using the reliever in critical setup situations. Matusz, whose start to the season was delayed due to back issues, certainly didn't allay Showalter's fears with Tuesday's outing, as he quickly gave up a three-run homer to Kyle Seager upon entering the game. The 29-year-old has already served up three homers in his six innings of relief duty, and has a horrific 1:7 K:BB ratio.