Orioles play it safe with Matusz

The Orioles elected to shut down Brian Matusz for the rest of the year Monday. Matusz, who had thrown 157 2/3 innings between three stops in his first professional season, will end his season on a high note and get to work on the finer points of his game in the big leagues.

Matusz, the fourth overall selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, made it all the way to the Majors less than a year after signing his first professional contract. The 22-year-old southpaw started slow but racked up a 3-0 record and a 2.42 ERA in his final four starts.

One comment

  1. birdbrain

    Ending Matusz’s season early is a prudent idea. Letting him
    build up more innings in a season that’s lost is fruitless. He’s in unchartered waters and it is a good idea to end his
    season on a positive note. Guys like Matusz, Tillman, and
    Bergesen could very well be the front end of the O’s
    pitching staff for several years to come. There is no risk
    vs. reward this year.

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