I totally understand why some people are calling for the Orioles to shut down struggling left-hander Brian Matusz, and let him start fresh next spring. I just don't agree with it. Look, I have no way of knowing if Matusz, who is pitching for Triple-A Norfolk, is 100 percent healthy. But you have to think that if he wasn't, he would have admitted it by now, or if there was any doubt, either the team or his agent would encourage the 24-year-old to shut it down. They haven't and slowly but surely, clues are starting to emerge as to what has contributed to this disastrous year for Matusz, who allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks over five innings to Toledo. That leaves him 0-3 with a 4.83 ERA in six appearances for Norfolk. I haven't spoken to Matusz in a couple of weeks, but I've heard or read several interviews with him since. And more and more, he's starting to acknowledge that he wasn't as prepared as he needed to be coming into spring training. There have been whispers for months that Matusz didn't do enough in the offseason, and I've said many times that he didn't look right to me from the first day of spring training. Perhaps, some of his recent comments are telling. It's not hard to imagine a scenario where he was unprepared for spring training, had his preparation cut short following the wart removal and the getting drilled by the comebacker, and then sustained the intercostal injury. Throw in working on the mechanical changes that new pitching coach Mark Connor suggested, and a total loss of confidence and it's suddenly not hard to see why one of baseball's better young pitchers last year is struggling to get anybody out at Triple-A right now.