Matusz was released by the Diamondbacks last week, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Matusz appeared in 11 games for Triple-A Reno, compiling a 6.11 ERA and 13:5 K:BB over 17.2 innings. The 30-year-old, who made eight appearances at the big-league level with the Orioles and Cubs a season ago, will aim to land another minor-league deal with a new organization.
Matusz was reassigned to minor league camp Friday.
Matusz endured a tumultuous 2016 that featured a back injury and poor performances upon his return. Of course, the left-hander has performed well as a late-inning reliever for the Orioles in the past, so if he can revisit that success, Arizona could give him another crack at a big-league role in 2017.
Matusz signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
After three years of quality work in a setup role for the Orioles, the bottom fell out for Matusz in 2016. The 30-year-old opened last season on the DL while nursing a back injury and didn't look the same upon returning, serving up 14 runs over a combined nine innings at the big-league level with the Orioles and Cubs. Assuming he enters spring training in better health, Matusz could return to form and claim a 40-man roster spot for the Diamondbacks, who boast one of the majors' weaker bullpens.
Matusz elected free agency Thursday after being outrighted from the Cubs' 40-man roster, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The veteran lefty will look to latch on with another club, likely in a bullpen role after spending time in the Orioles and Cubs organizations in 2016. Thus far, he's failed to match last season's success, which included a 56:20 K:BB over 49 innings along with a 2.94 ERA and 1.18 WHIP for Baltimore.
After getting roughed up by the Mariners in his first start Sunday, Matusz was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Monday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Matusz will now go through the waiver process. If he goes unclaimed, the Cubs will outright him to Triple-A Iowa. In the minors in 2016, Matusz owns a 3.58 ERA with 39 strikeouts over 27.2 innings split between the Orioles and Cubs organizations.
Matusz didn't factor into the decision Sunday versus the Mariners, giving up six earned runs on six hits and two walks over three innings. He struck out two.
All six of the runs given up by Matusz came on a trio of two-run homers over each of the first three innings. Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Dae-Ho Lee all did the honors, chasing the 29-year-old after just 57 pitches. The southpaw had turned in two strong efforts for Triple-A Iowa, but his performance Sunday bore no resemblance to those outings.
Matusz's contract was selected from Triple-A Iowa and he will start the evening's game against the Mariners.
The left-handed Matusz last pitched in the majors earlier this season as a reliever for the Orioles. After a brief stay in Atlanta via trade, he was designated for assignment and eventually signed a minor league contract with the Cubs. Following two strong starts for Triple-A Iowa, he will now make his first major league start since 2012. The Cubs optioned Justin Grimm to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Matusz will start Sunday's game against the Mariners, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports.
As expected, Matusz will come up from Triple-A to make a spot start Saturday opposite Seattle's Felix Hernandez. The 29-year-old lefty has spent the bulk of the year in the minors, where he holds a cumulative 3.58 ERA across 10 appearances (five starts) at the Rookie, High-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels. In a corresponding move, the Cubs have optioned Justin Grimm to Triple-A Iowa.
Matusz is the likely starter for the Cubs' matchup against Seattle on Sunday, Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM reports.
Matusz was scratched from his Triple-A Iowa start on Friday, signaling a possible call up. The 29-year-old hurler recently made two starts for the Triple-A affiliate, giving up two earned runs over a combined 9.1 innings. He'd match up with Seattle's Felix Hernandez if he indeed does get the promotion before Sunday's game.
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 acquired 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 as the Braves try to get him right 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.
Matusz walked one in a scoreless inning against Minnesota on Wednesday.
Matusz had given up earned runs in three of his previous four appearances, but settled down nicely Wednesday. The 29-year-old has seen limited action since returning from a back injury in April and carries a 8.31 ERA over 4.1 innings.
Matusz (back) was activated off the disabled list Saturday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
The Orioles will get one of their better relievers back in the fold Saturday with Matusz returning from his DL stint stemming from a back injury in spring training. Matusz was impressive in a longer-than-usual outing on his final rehab appearance Tuesday, striking out nine batters over four innings of work. He'll primarily be used against lefties, but the state of the Orioles' bullpen could cause manager Buck Showalter to lean on Matusz to pitch multiple innings.
Matusz (back) should be activated from the DL Saturday, Baltimore Sun reports.
Matusz threw four scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in his final rehab start Tuesday and the Orioles have been deliberate in stretching him out. It is interesting that the Orioles have taken that approach and that Saturday's open rotation spot would line up with Matusz's Tuesday outing, but the rumors that Matusz could start were debunked by Buck Showalter. Look for Matusz to rack up appearances out of the bullpen.
Matusz (back) will pitch 2-to-3 innings Tuesday with High-A Frederick, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The team had previously indicated they were hopeful Matusz could rejoin the club after one more appearance on his rehab assignment, so the lefty could be activated later in the week assuming all goes well Tuesday. He figures to fill in as the Orioles' primary left-handed specialist once healthy.
Matusz (back) is expected to make one more appearance on his rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Matusz went three innings in his appearance Friday at High-A Frederick and will need at least one more tune-up before rejoining the Orioles. Kubatko notes that Matusz's final rehab outing will likely come Tuesday, so he should be back on the active roster shortly thereafter. Once activated, Matusz figures to reclaim his role as the Orioles' left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.
Matusz (back) will not rejoin the club Thursday as originally expected, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
It's unclear what prompted the change of plans, but Matusz is now scheduled to pitch multiple innings Friday with High-A Frederick. Assuming all goes well in that outing, the lefty could still be in line to rejoin the big league club at some point next week, though he's struggled in his three rehab appearances, so they may use this time to get him back on track first.
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