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Brian Matusz to make 2011 debut Wednesday vs. Mariners

May 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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From Baltimore Sun beat writer Jeff Zrebiec comes word that left-handed starter Brian Matusz has joined up with the Orioles and is likely to be activated for his 2011 regular season debut on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners.

Matusz allowed just one run over five-plus innings Friday in his final rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk. He made three rehab appearances in all, posting a sparkling 1.20 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 10/4 K/BB ratio across 15 total minor league frames.

The 24-year-old southpaw has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a badly strained left intercostal muscle.

“It’s been a long tough road,” Matusz said Saturday while unpacking his things. “The DL hasn’t been fun. If everything feels good, and it should feel good, I’m lined up to pitch Wednesday. That’s the plan. I’m really excited. Right now I’m still focusing on getting ready for Wednesday. I feel good today. I don’t feel as sore this time around as I did after the start in Bowie. There are a lot of emotions going on right now. It was a long trip cross-country. I’m just happy to be here in the clubhouse. I’m excited to get back in my old routine.”

Matusz registered a 7-3 record, a 3.63 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over his final 14 starts of the 2010 season. He should be able to throw around 100 pitches in his debut Wednesday against light-hitting Seattle.

  1. max - May 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Can we buy every sports writer a calculator so that we can do away with stupid stats like a “10:4 K:BB” ratio? The ratio is 2.5:1 … even 5:2 would be more acceptable than 10:4.

    Learn how lowest common denominators work, sports writers of America! Down with laziness!

    /nerdrant

  2. randomdigits - May 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    2.5:1 does not give as much information as 10:4 since not only is the ratio important so is the total numbers relative to the number of innings thrown. If Matusz only had 5 K’s in 15 innings of work against minor league opposition red flags would be flying even if he only had 2 walks.

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