Orioles to carry Matusz as reliever


Brian Matusz has made the Orioles roster for Opening Day. The 26-year-old lefty was told by manager Buck Showalter that he would start the season in the bullpen for the Orioles.

Matusz entered spring competing for a rotation spot with Jake Arrieta. The Orioles opted to go with Arrieta for the final rotation spot after he out pitched Matusz this spring.

Last season Matusz appeared in 34 games including 16 starts. He finished 2012 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.

It is no guarantee that Arrieta will keep a rotation spot all season especially if he struggles like he did last year. Arrieta had a 6.20 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP for the Oriole last season in 24 appearances.

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