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March 28, 2011

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.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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