Brian's Bash canceled; Matusz on track for Tuesday's start in Oakland
The sixth-annual Brian’s Baseball Bash, a fundraiser for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital hosted by Brian Roberts and scheduled for Aug.28, has been canceled because of the veteran second baseman’s injury status.
“Due to my ongoing rehabilitation and after conferring with family and medical staff, unfortunately the decision has been made to cancel this year’s annual Brian’s Baseball Bash,” said Roberts who hasn’t played since May 16 after sustaining a concussion. “This event has grown tremendously over the past five years and is truly special to my wife Diana and me, and that makes this decision a difficult one. My focus will be to improve my health so I can get back on the field as soon as possible, and return to supporting some of the Baltimore community initiatives we have developed and contribute to.”
It is uncertain if Roberts will play again this season as he’s still experiencing some concussion symptoms. He hasn’t been cleared to see game action.
Those who have purchased admission for the fundraiser, which would have been held at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills Mall, can obtain full refunds by calling Krista Ellis at (410) 328-6064 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other Oriole news, it's expected that Brian Matusz will be promoted to start Tuesday in Oakland in place of Chris Tillman. Matusz threw a complete-game shutout for Triple-A Norfolk yesterday. The Orioles haven’t completely finalized their pitching plans but Matusz is tentatively on schedule to make that start and his return to the big leagues.
Right-handed reliever Willie Eyre, whom the Orioles signed as a minor-league free agent on Aug. 3, will be promoted to the big leagues today and take Tillman’s roster spot. Jake Arrieta, who is having elbow surgery today in California, will move to the 60-day disabled list to open up a 40-man spot for Eyre.