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O's Matusz nowhere close to returning

Posted on: April 17, 2011 9:17 pm
Brian MatuszBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Orioles could certainly use some help in their rotation, as the team's starters have an 8.45 ERA in the seven-game losing streak, but it's not going to come from Brian Matusz.

Matusz is still "several weeks away" from pitching for the Orioles, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that Matusz is still feeling pain in the strained left intercoastal muscle that has kept him on the disable list. Matusz still hasn't been cleared to throw off a mound. He's currently at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., participating in a throwing program.

"He'll be down there. I wouldn't place a closed end on it. It's still open," Showalter said. "We'll see how he feels the next few days. We're not going to rush that. … History will show you that if you try to get ahead of yourself, you're going to regret it, so we're not going to do that."

Showalter said he hopes the left-hander will stop feeling that pain in the next couple of days. Until then, though, the won't rush him.

Matusz went 10-12 with a  4.30 ERA last season in 32 starts, striking out 142 batters in 175 2/3 innings. He finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in the American League.

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