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March 30, 2011

Matusz will start Saturday; VandenHurk passes through waivers

We’re here at Ed Smith Stadium for a simulated game with Jake Arrieta on the hill and Brad Bergesen to follow.

But while we wait for the completion of their outings, we have a little bit of news for you.

Brian Matusz played catch from flat ground and then threw 35 to 40 pitches from a mound and felt good. There is still an ugly bruise on his left biceps (where he was hit Monday with a L.J. Hoes liner) but he said he felt no tightness and threw all of his pitches from the windup and stretch.

Also, Rick VandenHurk has cleared waivers and will be sent to Triple-A Norfolk. He will pitch the Tides' rotation along with Zach Britton, Chris Jakabauskas and Ryan Drese. Don't know about the fifth starter.

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