The Orioles may be nearing a major philosophical change. Baltimore’s decision-makers had said all season that they’d prefer not to promote pitching prospect Brian Matusz to the parent club, choosing instead to let the southpaw develop at a gradual pace.
Now, after a leg injury to Brad Bergesen, that plan has changed. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley admitted Saturday that his team has considered promoting Matusz, and then there’s the fact that the left-hander was pulled after just one inning for Double-A Bowie.
Matusz, who has a 7-0 record and a 1.55 ERA in eight starts for Bowie, appears to be on line to start for the Orioles Tuesday in Detroit. Baltimore is already the first team since 1900 to have four pitchers win their big league debut, and Matusz could well be the fifth.