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Brian Matusz underwent abdominal surgery last month

Nov 7, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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From’s Britt Ghiroli comes word that Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz had surgery last month to repair a torn muscle in the lower part of his abdomen, officially termed a rectus abdominis tear.

Matusz pitched with the injury for the final three months of the regular season and was fully aware that some kind of offseason treatment was needed. He should be fully recovered by the time spring training opens in February and is expected to compete for a spot in Baltimore’s starting rotation.

The 25-year-old southpaw posted a 4.87 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 81/41 K/BB ratio in 98 innings this season for the eventual American League Wild Card champions. He made 16 starts and 18 relief appearances.

  1. phalatek6 - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    The Orioles kept this pretty quiet. It makes me even more grateful for his efforts out of the bullpen late in the season and in the playoffs.

  2. blacksables - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    I realize its a matter of semantics, but are we really going to start calling the winner of the Wild Card play-in game a “champion”?

    Seems somewhat overblown to me.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Yes. It is a title they earned by winning a playoff game. The title also tells you how far they’ve gone as you always refer a team by the highest title achieved. For example, the Yankees are divisional champions, while the Tigers are league champions, and the Giants are world series champions.

  3. steve7921 - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    That is a nasty sounding injury and thank you for not providing details on how he got the injury.

  4. paulcohello - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Wow! Thank goodness for CT scans and abdomen imaging. What did the sports world do before the technology?

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