More on Matusz as a reliever
Brian Matusz held court with reporters regarding his move to the bullpen and here’s some of the leftover quotes from that interview. The full story on the roster moves is up on Orioles.com.
[on being a reliever] “It’s never easy, switching positions. Well, it’s the same position, but I look at it that it’s still pitching. You still have to get the hitters out and you’ve still got to throw strikes and attack the zone. I had some struggles at first, but was able to learn and make some adjustments and have some good outings and be able to get this opportunity to be here now.”
[on the toughest adjustment] “Just being able to be ready every day, as opposed to throwing every five days. You’ve got to be able to throw every day and just be prepared to pitch and be able to compete on a day-to-day basis. It’s something that’s new to me, but it’s exciting. It’s fun to know I have an opportunity to be in the game every day to help the team win and it’s something I’m looking forward to doing.”
You’ve still got to get the guys out. Doesn’t matter what point in the game, whether it’s the first inning or the ninth inning. You’ve still got to make pitches to get the guys out and attack the zone. It’s still kind of the same game.”
[on asking for advice from the other Oriole relievers] “Yeah, absolutely. I’m looking forward to getting out in the bullpen and learning from the guys who have been around a while and have been doing it for years. This game is about continuing to learn. Keep learning and picking up new things every day. I’m excited to do that.”
[on being in Triple-A for about seven weeks] “I didn’t exactly put a timetable for myself. It was just a matter of going down there and getting better and improving every day. Obviously, with the role change things were different, but accept that and just keep getting better and focus on what I need to do to help the big league club. That’s what it’s all about.”
“I made some improvements working down there with [pitching coach] Mike Griffin, just being able to tighten things up a little bit and just attack the zone and get a better understanding of the game on what pitches work for me and how I’m able to get guys out. Now it’s a different role being a reliever, so it’ll take a different approach in terms of being ready every day, but like I said, it’s still getting guys out. That’s the name of the game.”