Matusz’s afternoon

Orioles starter Brian Matusz had an uneven outing Sunday afternoon, struggling primarily in the third inning, as the 25-year-old continues to push to be part of the Orioles’ Opening Day starting rotation.  Matusz, who was in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball, said his stuff wasn’t as sharp as in previous starts, although he was pleased he was able to get his work in in the 83-pitch outing. He was charged with three runs on six hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch over 4 2/3 innings against the Phillies.

I’ll have a full story up on Matusz later, but here are a few quotes from his interview with reporters…

[on not being sharp from get-go] “I was rushing a little bit. Rushing my delivery, I wasn’t able to settle in with something that felt good. Felt like I was battling all game. Just kept battling, kept attacking the zone.”

[on getting up to 83 pitches] “There’s positive in every negative.  I didn’t get as many innings as I wanted to, but I was able to get the pitch count up. Something to work on for next outing.”

[on if he’s where he wants to be at this point in camp] “Absolutely. I’m right on track to continuously staying healthy and building my pitch count up. I’m looking forward to my next outing.”

[on if he feels he’s done enough for a spot] “That’s out of my control. You ask me that every time. My job is to go out there and pitch every five days and let the coaches do their part.”

[on if he’s gotten better from start to start] “Yeah, I’m definitely progressing. Through the course of the season there’s always going to be mechanical things that come off a little bit. So it’s just a battle and a grind to keep those things tight. And I’ve definitely got some things to work on this week.”

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