The Orioles make their third and final spring trip to Bradenton today to face the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. start. Left-hander Brian Matusz will start for the Orioles. Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, scheduled to make his first spring start, has been scratched with lingering shoulder discomfort, so right-hander Chris Leroux will start for Pittsburgh.
Matusz has pitched well in competing for the fifth rotation spot, compiling a 2.40 ERA in five spring appearances.
Meanwhile, Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland will make his first spring start – all of his seven previous starts came out of the bullpen – on Monday against the Red Sox in a nationally televised game.