Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz exited prior to the second
inning of Monday’s game against the Blue Jays with a left triceps contusion.
Matusz was struck by Yunel Escobar’s comebacker in the
second at-bat of the game and play was momentarily suspended while he conferred
with assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel and pitching coach Rick Kranitz.
Manager Buck Showalter, who was already on the field to contest first base
umpire Bruce Dreckman’s ruling, also came over to the mound and after several
warmup pitches Matusz remained in the game. But it would be the last frame, as
Rick VandenHurk replaced Matusz to start the second inning.
Matusz retired Jose Bautista on foul popup and got Lyle
Overbay swinging to pitch around Vernon Well’s double. He threw 14 of 24 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old Matusz was named the American League’s Rookie of the month in August and entered
Monday’s start 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his previous four outings.