Brian Matusz on being demoted
Here are some quotes from Brian Matusz, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after allowing eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in a 9-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Are you confident you can get your form back at Norfolk?
“Absolutely. It’s going to be tough. I am not getting it done up here. It’s not fair for the team, every fifth day I go out there and make starts like this. It’s just motivation for me to get down there and work with Mike Griffin, the pitching coach, and get myself back to regular form.”
What do you need to work on?
“For me, I need to continue to work on my strength and conditioning. Keep getting stronger. I am working with Brady Anderson. We are putting weight back on and getting my conditioning underlined and being able to get my pitches back, having control. Not [being] able to locate the fastball has been really tough to pitch at this level. Not being able to pitch in and out and getting that sink on my two-seamer that I haven’t had recently. And just continue working hard.”
Have you been able to stay positive through this?
“It’s tough, going out there and having outings like this. It’s never easy. But it just makes you want to work harder and get better. I know it sounds weird, but I am excited for this opportunity to go down and be able to get back on track and keep working hard and be able to get back here when I am ready.”
Biggest change from your 2010 season?
“It is still the same game. My velocity is not there. My command hasn’t been there. And I haven’t been very durable. It has been a tough year as a whole, so it is important for me to keep working hard.
On your overall outing?
“I thought my curveball was pretty consistent throughout the whole game. The thing that hurt me was my four-seam command. It was cutting on me today and running over the middle of the plate to their big hitters. I thought I had a nice changeup today. Should have used it a little bit more, [in] hindsight, but I have just got to be able to set guys up a little bit better and have an understanding on who to pitch to and who not to, and that’s one other thing I’ll be working on.”
Are you confident you will be able to return quickly?
“That’s the gameplan.”
How are you healthwise?
“Physically, I’m 100 percent healthy. I feel really good. I’ve been working real hard with Brady, working on my strength and conditioning. I feel like I’m in a lot better shape now. I still need to put on more weight. Still, my weight is a little bit lower and I need to continue working to put on my muscle and get back to being myself.
Accomplish more strength, you’ll get the velocity back on your fastball?
“Yeah, I’m pretty sure. If I continue getting stronger and keep working with my long toss and throwing, my velocity should increase.”
Are your mechanics off from inactivity from the pulled intercostal muscle?
“That’s something I’ve been working on since spring training, and to be honest with you, I’ve been overthinking my mechanics, and that’s been the problem. Instead of going out there having a game plan and worrying about the location of the pitch and how to attack hitters, that’s something that got in my head a little bit where I was worrying a little bit too much about mechanics rather than focusing on getting stronger and doing the other things I need to do. My mechanics are fine. They’ll find a place where I’ll continue to work hard, and I’m excited to get down there and work with Griff.”