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April 28, 2011

Updates on Matusz and Jakubauskas

Both Brian Matusz (left intercostal strain) and Chris Jakubauskas (right groin strain) completed 35-pitch bullpen sessions and proclaimed themselves pain-free Thursday afternoon.

Jakubauskas will join the Triple-A Norfolk club in Louisville and will pitch 2 to 3 innings Sunday in a rehab assignment. He is eligible to come off the 15-day DL Monday, and a decision has not been made whether he will be activated and join the Orioles or be activated and then returned to Norfolk.

Matusz will be sent back to Sarasota to continue his rehab. He will pitch in at least one extended spring game and make at least three rehab starts overall. But where those games will be has not been announced.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:38 PM | | Comments (2)



When they recall Jakubauskas, they should cut Gonzo. I know JJ wasn't that sharp tonight afetr his brilliant game on Tuesday, but Gonzo is killing this team! Andy has shown in the past that he will eat a bad contract if they aren't getting any production.

I doubt that is under serious consideration right now. Given the money and the lack of experience in the organization in getting big-league lefty hitters out. But if Gonzo continues to fail at doing that job, well ...

I would activate Chris and jettison Gonzalez...the second worst McPhail move besides Atkins. Cut your losses. When a half decent lefty appears on the horizon (or the monirs) grab him! BTW, I thought we had a good lefty reliever in Bowie last year, didn't we?

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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.

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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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