• by CBSSports.com Staff | CBSSports.com

    Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz fails to convert save Tuesday

    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.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Orioles' Brian Matusz throws two innings in extended spring

    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.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Orioles RP Brian Matusz loses appeal, keeps 8-game suspension

    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.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Date set for Orioles P Brian Matusz suspension hearing

    Orioles reliever Brian Matusz will have the hearing on his pending suspension on June 3. Matusz was ejected from a game on Saturday due to a foreign substance being found on his arm. As consequence, he was given an eight-game suspension, which he has since appealed.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Orioles RP Brian Matusz receives 8-game suspension

    Orioles reliever Brian Matusz was issued an eight-game suspension by MLB Monday as punishment for being caught with a "foreign substance" on his arm during Saturday's game against the Marlins. Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning on Saturday after it was brought to the umpires' attention that Matusz had a visible substance on his arm. When the home plate umpire determined it was an illegal substance, he discussed with Orioles manager Buck Showalter briefly before ejecting Matusz from the game. Matusz will appeal the suspension, which is the same doled out to Brewers reliever Will Smith after he was caught with an illegal substance on his arm earlier in the week. "Each case is different and that's why you have the appeal process to make sure it's not just some blanket punishment," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNSports.com. "I'm sure that's why it's in place, to find out if this is different. You've got to start somewhere and that's why the process is in place. And when it's over and said and they decide how many games it is compared to everything else, I'll probably be a little more opinionated on it." Matusz is 1-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 14 appearances this season.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz ejected for foreign substance on arm

    Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of Saturday's game against the Marlins for having a foreign substance visible on his arm. The home plate umpire went out to the mound after noticing something on Matusz's arm. When he determined it was an illegal substance, he discussed with manager Buck Showalter briefly before ejecting Matusz from the game. "I have my own personal opinions about the issue but right now with emotions running high, we're going to let this settle and address questions at a later time," Matusz said to MASN Sports. Matusz went 2/3 of an inning with a strikeout before getting tossed.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz available to throw on Wednesday

    Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz is available to pitch out of the bullpen on Wednesday after being held out for the last two days, according to MASN Sports. Matusz took a comebacker off the tip of his thumb against the Yankees and was held out for the last two days. He has a .292 ERA with seven strikeouts and one walk in 12 1/3 innings of work this season.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Report: Orioles discussing Brian Matusz, Ryan Webb in trade talks

    The Orioles are having ongoing trade discussions involving relief pitchers Brian Matusz and Ryan Webb, FOX Sports reports. Webb was designated for assignment Monday, so the team is looking to receive something in return for the player after removing him from the 40-man roster. Matusz delivered the best season of his career in 2014, posting a 3.48 ERA and 53:17 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Report: Mets interest in Matusz hasn't gone beyond scouting stage

    The Mets interest in Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz hasn't gone beyond the scouting stage, according to the New York Post. A source said the rumor that the two sides have discussed players and money is "incorrect."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Orioles' Brian Matusz pitching well amid reported trade rumors

    Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz had another strong spring outing Friday against the Red Sox, tossing four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and no walks, while striking out two. Matusz lowered his ERA to 0.87. He has allowed just one run in 10 1/3 innings. He also has 10 strikeouts and hasn't walked a batter. "I don't think there's any secret there, what the ultimate goal is," Matusz said of being a starter rather than a reliever, per MLB.com. "But right now being an Oriole the goal is to go out and pitch and get better every day and control what I can control and do whatever I can to help this team win ballgames." While Matusz continues to pitch well, he is reportedly drawing trade interest. Matusz admitted it's hard to ignore the rumors. "I mean, it's no secret. I'm well aware of talks and things going on," said Matusz, "But for me all I can control is what I can control. To be able to go out and pitch and get extended and throw all four pitches and mix. Be able to pitch my game is really what it's all about."