Matusz sails through intrasquad outing
was pleased with his performance earlier this afternoon, saying he accomplished
everything he wanted in the intrasquad game. The Minor League game was rained
out so the Orioles made some tweaks to try to get a few of the scheduled
pitchers on track.
Matusz said he felt excellent,
particularly toward the end of his outing, noting his arm strength and the fact
that he only threw “one bad pitch” of the 92 pitches he tossed. That pitch was one that Billy Rowell sent out for a homer. He totaled seven innings, although they added some extra outs to help Matusz get his pitch count up.
Matusz didn’t pitch in the Orioles scheduled game Monday night against the Yankees because the Orioles wanted to avoid having their AL East foes see Matusz this late in the spring. The plan right now is for Matusz to make his final Spring
Training outing on April 3
against the New York Mets.
In five official spring starts, Matusz has allowed seven earned runs over 20 1/3 innings, pitching his way to a 3.10 ERA. The 23-year-old lefty has struck out 19 and walked just three.
Matusz threw to Craig Tatum, which is worth noting because the backup catcher competition is much closer than anyone anticipated. Tatum and Chad Moeller are both being considered behind Matt Wieters, with the Orioles liking Moeller’s veteran mentoring ability and Tatum’s throwing arm.
Matusz said he and Tatum were on the same page Monday afternoon, noting that Tatum was “really communicating well” and encouraging him to throw his curveball more frequently to left-handed hitters.