Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Matusz –who suffered his fifth consecutive loss Sunday – is a few changes away from being a successful Major League pitcher and the club is hoping he can turn things around in the Minors.
The 25-year-old allowed five runs in just four innings of work against the Indians on Sunday, continuing a prolonged stretch of poor outings for the former top prospect. Matusz has an 8.44 ERA in his last five outings, averaging under five innings a start.
Once ranked the #5 prospect in baseball, Matusz put up a 4.37 ERA in his first 40 major league starts in 2009-2010, striking out 7.4 batters per nine. But things have gone horribly wrong for the left-hander the past two seasons. Since the beginning of 2011, Matusz has a 7.32 ERA and 18 losses in 27 starts.
No corresponding roster move has been announced as of yet, but Duquette said a pitcher will likely receive the call.
Did Duquette wait too long to demote Matusz?