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Matusz to remain in bullpen for now

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BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Brian Matusz has been one of the Orioles' most dependable arms in the bullpen, and manager Buck Showalter wants to keep that way ... at least for the time being.

Matusz, a former starter, appears to have found his niche as a reliever -- and is riding a five-game scoreless streak (4 2/3 innings). He has also stranded all 19 runners he inherited since moving into the bullpen in 2012.

"We still think he has that potential [to be a starter]," Showalter said. "Right now, he's in our bullpen. But he's not so far removed with the innings he's pitched to still be an option [as a starter]."

Matusz was 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 16 starts in '12 before being optioned to Norfolk on July 1. He returned to the club Aug. 24 and was transferred to the bullpen.

From that point, he allowed just two runs on five hits, with 19 strikeouts and and three walks over 13 1/3 innings for a 1.35 ERA.

"I really wouldn't want to get him thinking about that right now," Showalter said about starting. "He's pitching real well out of our bullpen."

Todd Karpovich and Jeff Seidel are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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