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September 14, 2009

Orioles: Matusz shutdown official

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has told rookie starter Brian Matusz that he's done for the year, but Matusz will stay with the major league club for the remainder of the schedule.

Matusz wanted to continue, but he accepted the club's decision without complaint.

"It was never in the plan for me to be here this year,'' he said. "I'm really proud that I went out and didn't give them any choice but to bring me up. I really learned a lot and am proud of my progress."

"I told Andy it couldn't have worked out any better. I got to end on a good note and finished the year healthy. Now, I get to spend the last three weeks of the yaer watching like like David Price of the Rays and try to learn something."

Here's today's Orioles lineup::

Brian Roberts 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Nick Markakis RF
Nolan Reimold LF
Melvin Mora 3B
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 1B
Jeff Fiorentino CF

David Hernandez RHP

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 3:53 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Just baseball


Pete, do you think that AM would be allowed by PA to pursue Vlad Guerrero for next year? Great fit as a DH for 1 year though I doubt he'd even come after dissing PA and the O's 6 years ago. His legs are gone but he can still hit.

RE: Vlad-

In the words of PootieTang, I got to say the nay no my damie.

Do you really want Adam Jones watching Vlad swinging at balls in the dirt (with some success) on a nightly basis?

Vlad Guerrero ?

Worst idea EVER!!

Might as well pick up Gary Sheffield and Barry Bonds too.

I will go further and say that I do think Bobby Abreu would be a good pickup if he was willing to DH. We need a more patient hitter who knows how to work a count influencing the younger guys.

Plus, Guthrie would cut down his HRs given up by half.

Sorry, that should be "Guthrie would cut his HRs given up in half" not "by half."

"I told Andy" you mean Mr. MacPhail right kid?

I got to see him pitch his last game of the year and he looked really good. Great to see the Ace of the future shut down the Yanks

Maybe we should shut down Hernandez too! What's going on there-he really seemed to have lost it or teams are getting wise to him.
Maybe he should pitch winter ball somewhere and try to recapture his early success. Any idea if the O's send any of their pitchers to the winter/fall leagues? It sounds like the trend is to shut down the young pitchers early now.

Dear Daydreamer,

Vladimir wants to play in the outfield even though his knees are shot. He is upset that Scioscia is DHing him full-time to keep his bat in the lineup. Anyway we already did this once and he said he didn't want to come to Baltimore.

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