Matusz speaks

Here are some Brian Matusz quotes from his complete-game shutout for Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon.

The 24-year-old lefty, optioned back to Triple-A after a rough start in Baltimore, threw 74 of his 105 pitches for strikes in his third straight quality start. He walked one and hit a pair of batters  in the eight-strikeout outing.

“My velocity is back up, it’s getting better with every start in Triple-A, and that comes with having confidence and having a good feel on the mound and letting the ball come out of my hand without effort,” he said. “My strength and conditioning program has improved and I’m working hard to go deep and be able to go back up, and it’s been fun the last couple weeks.”

Matusz has steadily improved with each outing and was able to get out of several jams Thursday afternoon.

“Absolutely, I’ve made tremendous progress,” he said. “Especially in the last couple weeks, to get that groove and consistency back, to be able to throw all four pitches for strikes. I’ve been keeping hitters off balance and just have confidence being myself. Being confident to let it fly and have fun, and it’s been a good feeling.”

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