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Brian Matusz pitching his way back into the Orioles’ plans?

Aug 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

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Just a couple weeks ago Brian Matusz was struggling in the minors following his demotion to Triple-A and complaining publicly about the changes Baltimore pitching coaches asked him to make this season.

However, yesterday Matusz threw a complete-game shutout at Triple-A and the Orioles dropped Chris Tillman from the rotation, leading Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun to speculate that Matusz could be back in the majors as soon as Tuesday.

That’s when Tillman was scheduled to make his next start and Connolly notes that Matusz’s velocity was up during yesterday’s gem, but also writes that the Orioles may be hesitant to recall him this soon because “if he’s not ready and gets clobbered again consistently at the big-league level, he may regress further.”

Perhaps, but if the Orioles want Matusz to be in the 2012 rotation they’re running out of time to let the former No. 4 overall pick show he’s ready and at an AL-worst 45-70 they aren’t playing for anything but draft position.

  1. hittfamily - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    He’s pitching his way back into the Orioles’ plan? When did the Orioles get a plan? If their plan has been over promote young players, and sign under performing veterans, then they do have a plan, but need a new one. As a fan of an AL East nonbountiful team, I wish them success. Signing both Derek Lee and Vlad were horrific moves. Not only did every other GM know what they didn’t, but Vlad cost them a draft pick if I’m not mistaken.

    • muhlenberg32 - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      You are mistaken.

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