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Orioles option struggling lefty Brian Matusz to Triple-A

Jun 30, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

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As first reported by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have demoted Brian Matusz to Triple-A Norfolk following another disastrous outing.

Matusz was shelled for eight earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

The 24-year-old surrendered six earned runs in only 4 2/3 innings last week against the Reds and has allowed a total of 25 earned runs in 25 1/3 frames since returning from a lengthy early-season stay on the disabled list with an intercostal strain.

Matusz registered a 7-3 record, 3.63 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over his final 14 starts in 2010 and the Orioles were hoping for more of the same this year. But his fastball is down over 3 mph and his offspeed stuff is no longer fooling major league hitters.

Matusz is a great talent with a bright future in Baltimore, but something has clearly gone wrong.

  1. purdueman - Jul 1, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    When broadcaster Hawk Harelson heard of his demotion, he quickly quipped: “He Gone!!!”

    • jjschiller - Jul 1, 2011 at 12:55 AM

      When purdueman heard of Matusz, he reportedly asked ‘What the hell kind of name is Matusz? That jewish?”

      • purdueman - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:17 AM

        Why? Did he change his born name from Iggy, Ira or Sol???? (LOL!)

  2. joeflaccosunibrow - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    I will assume those comments were supposed to funny?

    Don’t give up your day job.

  3. spudchukar - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    This comes as no surprise. Perhaps he has lingering arm trouble, if so get him well. But a 23-year old junk baller does not present much promise. I know he has had success, and is highly regarded, but his effort last night was more Moyeresque, than Priceless.

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