Brian Matusz hit with a liner in biceps; cuts outing short
Just when the Orioles thought they were getting healthy, Brian Matusz had to have his simulated game on Monday cut short when he took a liner off his biceps during the second inning on the back fields.
He said he could keep pitching, but the Orioles shut him down. He had only lasted 1 1/3 innings in his last start and was supposed ot pitch up to six innings in a minor-league game Monday. But those games were canceled due to rain.
So he pitched on the back fields against six minor leaguers and lasted only until he was struck by the liner.
At this point, X-rays weren't needed. That could change tomorrow if there is swelling. He is scheduled to pitch Saturday's second game of the regular season.
Brad Bergesen was hit by a liner on Friday and his status is uncertain for the start of the season.