Baltimore Orioles Option Brian Matusz

BALTIMORE - APRIL 29: Brian Matusz #17 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards on April 29, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles demoted left-hander Brian Matusz to Triple-A following Sunday night's game, reports Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com:

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.

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Did Duquette wait too long to demote Matusz?

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