Matusz 'felt good' in rehab outing for Frederick

Left-hander throws four innings, acknowledges he has things to work on

May 16, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

Left-hander Brian Matusz, recovering from an intercostal strain, was satisfied with his rehabilitation outing for Single-A Frederick on Monday night but said he still had some things to work on.

Facing Potomac, Matusz pitched four innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out two.

"I felt good warming up in the bullpen before the game and then when I was on the mound," he said. "It was nice to get four [innings] today; that was big for me. I needed that … to be able to get up and down and be able to think about things in between innings and kind of just gather myself. I felt like as the innings went on, I was able to relax and not be so mechanical and be a little bit loose."

Matusz said his rhythm was off at times and that his control wasn't as sharp as he would like.

"My fastball command wasn't where I wanted it today," he said. "It was off and just out of sync with my rhythm, but those are things that will come with more [innings] and the more I keep working. I'm just going to stick with this process and keep it going; that's the most important thing."

As for the next step in his rehab, Matusz said: "I got my four [innings] just like we wanted, 60 pitches. That was the game plan, and I was able to do it. It looks like I was on track, and I'll talk to [Showalter and pitching coach Mark Connor today] and see what the game plan is and what I'll do next. My next start will be in Norfolk or Bowie, and we'll up the pitches, hopefully, to like 75 or 80."

Adam Vencill contributed to this article.

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