Matusz Recalled; Mickolio Back Down

The Orioles recalled LHP Brian Matusz from AA Bowie. RHP Kam Mickolio was sent down to AAA Norfolk.

Grade: C

Mickolio must know the drive from Norfolk to Baltimore and back by heart by now. The kid has done nothing but throw scoreless innings, but since he has an option he gets the short end of the stick. I would’ve much rather seen RHP Jason Berken get sent down to work on things. I’m a little late on this, but Matusz started off in high A Frederick where he went 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA. He had 75 strikeouts and 21 walks in 66.2 innings. He was then promoted to AA Bowie for 8 starts where he went 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA, 46 strikeouts, and 11 walks in 46.1 innings. Obviously, he already made his first start in the ML on Tuesday and he was pretty impressive. So I think its safe to say that the kid is ready for the big time. Exciting times in Birdland.

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