Matusz good for Saturday, VandenHurk clears waivers
*Orioles reliever Rick VandenHurk cleared waivers and is expected to be part of Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation along with Zach Britton, Ryan Drese and Chris Jakubauskas. Jakubauskas is expected to throw four innings today at the team’s complex.
VandenHurk clearing waivers frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for the team to select the contract of Josh Rupe. Rupe,who will serve as one of the team’s long men, was the only player to make the 25-man team as a non-roster invitee.
*Brian Matusz threw a side session at this morning and he said he’s “100 percent ready to go” for Saturday’s start.
Matusz still has a pretty ugly-looking bruise on his left bicep, from when he was hit on Monday, but said he felt like nothing was wrong when throwing. He admitted it has been a frustrating spring, between the bruise, having a wart removed from his pitching hand and some poor outings. But he said he’s ready to put it all behind him.
This spring, Matusz went 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in five games (4 starts). In 13 2/3 innings he allowed 17 hits, 10 runs (nine earned) and seven walks with 13 strikeouts.
*Jake Arrieta is going around six innings in today’s Minor League game with Brad Bergesen going two. Arrieta will pitch Monday’s home opener with Tillman the likely guy for Sunday. That would slot Bergesen as the long man/swing man until the team needs a fifth starter on April 10.