Matusz and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The Orioles came out on top of this deal by a bit, as Matusz asked for $4.4 million and the Orioles countered with $3.5 million. This deal officially brings the left-hander back as a large part of the Baltimore bullpen after Matusz posted a 2.94 ERA with 10.3 K/9 in 2015.
Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz had successful surgery on his right shoulder, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. Considering the surgery was performed on his non-throwing shoulder, he's likely to be fully healed in a month or two --- well before spring training starts up in 2016. He should be counted on to pitch in more late-inning situations next year provided his shoulder is fully up to speed.
Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz was charged with a blown save in Tuesday's 6-5, extra-inning victory over the Red Sox after surrendering a solo homer in 2/3 innings. Matusz promptly served up a 418-foot dinger to the first batter he faced, Travis Shaw. The eighth-inning blast knotted the score at 5-5 and was the third earned run given up by Matusz in his last three trips to the mound. Tonight's debacle also represented the veteran reliever's second consecutive blown save in as many opportunities. Despite the recent struggles, Matusz has provided quality work overall out of the bullpen, and his current 2.87 ERA and 1.15 WHIP are significant improvements over his career numbers in those categories.
Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz threw two innings in an extended spring training game in Sarasota on Saturday, according to a report by MASN Sports. Matusz is serving an eight-game suspension for using an illegal substance on the mound, to doctor the ball. He's eligible to return June 14 and is working at extended spring to stay fresh.
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz lost his appeal Friday and will serve an eight-game suspension for being caught with a foreign substance on his arm during an appearance on May 23, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Matusz appealed the suspension in a hearing held in Houston on Wednesday that was attended by executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter, per MASNSports.com. Brewers pitcher Will Smith, who was also given an eight-game suspension for the same infraction, saw his reduced to six games Friday after he made an appeal. Matusz can be with the team and participate in pregame activities, but can't be on the bench once the game begins.