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Brian Matusz back on track after having wart removed

Mar 5, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Brian Matusz threw a bullpen session today, just one day after from having a wart removed from his left middle finger.

“It feels fine. It doesn’t feel irritated at all. It feels normal. Like I said before, it never affected me on the mound. It didn’t affect any of my pitches. We just wanted to fix it before it became a problem. It felt good. I threw all of my pitches and it was fine. I didn’t feel like I had to hold back at all, so I’m on schedule.”

While it was originally assumed that Matusz would need a few days to recover, Ghiroli writes that it’s increasingly likely that the young southpaw will be available to make his next scheduled start on Tuesday.

Matusz, 24, went 10-12 with a 4.30 ERA over 32 starts last season, including a 2.11 ERA and 52/16 K/BB ratio after August 1. The American League East isn’t an easy place to have success, especially for an extreme fly-ball pitcher, but Matusz is the closest thing the Orioles have to an ace right now.

  1. Andrew - Mar 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    But is there a nasty picture like Michael Cuddyer tweeted?

    • D.J. Short - Mar 5, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      I wish.

  2. jetersusedjersey - Mar 6, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    I had a staph infection in my finger and it swelled up huge. They had to squeeze sooooooooooooo much puss out! Yet I went to work the next day. Athletes can be such wusses.

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