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Brian Matusz diagnosed with bruise after getting cracked in the nose while doing a bunting drill

Jun 12, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

File under “freak injuries to pitchers who are either batting or preparing to do so”:

He was in the indoor batting cages and fouled one back into his face.

There is apparently a lot of swelling at the moment. The O’s are waiting to see if it subsides or of it increases or moves up towards his eyes, thus impairing his sight.  The team doesn’t yet know if anything is broken.

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UPDATE, 7:42 PM: X-rays have ruled out a broken nose, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko. Matusz has been diagnosed with a nose contusion and should be fine to take the mound for his Wednesday start.

  1. randygnyc - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    See: AJ BURNETT

    • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      I was thinking Liberace.

      • atworkident - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        I don’t think that was a ball that hit Liberace’s nose.

  2. DJ MC - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    If only there was some way to keep pitchers from endangering themselves in an unnecessary activity that is of poor value to the sport anyway.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      That’s two this week, counting Ogando running to first.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Funny. NL Pitchers bunt, run, hit (even Homers) all the time with few if any of these freak accidents. I guess AL pitchers can’t play baseball.

      • dowhatifeellike - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        NL pitchers do that all year and train accordingly. AL pitchers do that 3 starts per year and train accordingly.

      • DJ MC - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        NL pitchers put up a grand total of 682 hits in 2011. That equals the total number of hits that Ichiro Suzuki put up in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons. Of course, the pitchers had more than 2.5 times the plate appearances to do it.

        Other than bunting, your claim about pitchers performing offensively “all the time” is a pretty poor choice of words. It certainly doesn’t help the argument.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        Why are you inferring that I somehow claim that they perform offensively? I said they bunt, run and hit, I did not say they did those things spectacularly well, they simply do those things all season long.

        I’m just ragging you because I disagree with the DH. Your sarcastic comment about finding a way for pitchers not to do any of this stuff deserved a sarcastic reply. You need to take a few chill pills.

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