Orioles Matusz must adjust to velocity shortage

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz doesn’t have the same velocity on his fastball that he did last year, so he’s going to have to make an adjustment if he wants to be an effective pitcher.

Only time will tell whether the change is temporary or long-term.

Matusz gave up six runs in 4 2-3 innings Saturday night against Cincinnati and is 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA in five starts this season. He began the year on the disabled list with a rib injury.

Upon his return, he has encountered difficulty uncorking a fastball at 90 mph.

Matusz acknowledged that “the velocity obviously isn’t there.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that the decrease in speed of Matusz’s fastball means the pitcher must command his fastball and utilize his other pitches to be successful.

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