Matusz looks to make next start after injury

Matusz looks to make next start after injury

BALTIMORE-- Orioles rookie Brian Matusz (left triceps bruise) didn't throw on Tuesday, but was optimistic that his injury, suffered in the second at-bat of Monday's win, wouldn't keep him from making his next scheduled start.

Matusz said the area was still a little sore and manager Buck Showalter made it clear following Monday's game that the team would exercise caution in moving forward.

"Normally I would throw every day, but since [the starters are pitching] basically once every seven days it's OK to just take today off and see how it feels [on Wednesday]," Matusz said.

Both Matusz and Showalter didn't think the nature of the injury, which came off Yunel Escobar's comebacker, would force the 23-year-old to be shut down any earlier than anticipated.

"We feel confident that there is nothing structurally wrong there," Showalter said.

"It's just a matter of where we slot him back in. Until he's able to take a work day and be fine with that, there's nothing imminent. But I don't see him, at the worst, taking his normal turn."

Like several of the O's young arms, Matusz has been on a roll as of late. He took a four-game winning streak into Monday's start and was named American League Rookie of the Month in August

"I would like to be able to continue to throw and build my innings up," Matusz said, when asked how he would feel about the O's shutting him down after his injury. "So hopefully that won't come about."