Matusz likely will start Monday at Fenway (Jones update)
By Dan Connolly
Sep 17, 2011 | 1:06 PM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said lefty Brian Matusz is the likely starter for Monday's doubleheader nightcap at Fenway Park.
Matusz is 1-7 with a 9.84 ERA in 10 games this season and has pitched just once this month, when he allowed five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings at the New York Yankees on Sept. 5.
After that, he was relegated to working with pitching coach Rick Adair, and there was a question as to whether Matusz would start again this season.
"It kind of looks like Matusz in Game 2, but we're gonna see," Showalter said. "Brian's worked hard, and he would start one of those games, either Sunday or Monday, anyway. So we'll see. There are still a couple moving parts, we'll wait and see."
Jeremy Guthrie will pitch Monday's first game at Fenway Park. Alfredo Simon pitches Sunday's series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.
Showalter said center fielder Adam Jones was scheduled for an MRI on his sore right thumb at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Results weren't in at the time of Showalter's media conference, but the manager said there was an outside chance Jones could play Saturday.
Jones hasn't played since Friday, Sept. 9 in Toronto, and has been scratched from the lineup several times after experiencing pain during batting practice. He was not in the original lineup Saturday.