SARASOTA, Fla. -- A day after getting a wart on his left middle finger removed, pitcher Brian Matusz threw a bullpen session and was confident he will be able to make Tuesday's scheduled start.
"We weren't sure going into the laser process if it was going to be irritated the next couple days or not," Matusz said of the wart, which was on his pitching hand and rubbed on the ball's seam during his curveball grip.
"It feels fine. It doesn't feel irritated at all. It feels normal. Like I said before, it never affected me on the mound. It didn't affect any of my pitches. We just wanted to fix it before it became a problem. It felt good. I threw all of my pitches and it was fine. I didn't feel like I had to hold back at all, so I'm on schedule."
It was originally thought that Matusz would be slowed for a few days and miss his next start, but Saturday's progression makes it far more likely that he will get the ball Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla., vs. the Phillies.
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