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Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz 'feels good' after surgery

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz 'feels good' after surgery
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz prepares to throw to the Texas Rangers during a baseball game, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Left-handed reliever Brian Matusz said his recovery from last month's surgery on his nonthrowing shoulder is on schedule and he has resumed his normal offseason activity.

Matusz's surgery, which was performed by Ravens team orthopedist Dr. Leigh Ann Curl on Oct. 5 in Baltimore, included the repair of the AC joint and cleaning out about a centimeter of arthritic bone in his right shoulder.

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Recovery time was estimated at about a month and Matusz timed the surgery for right after the season so it wouldn't interfere with his offseason routine. He will have plenty of time to get ready for spring training.

"Everything's on schedule," Matusz wrote in a text message. "Arm feels good and [I'm] back to training and doing activities."

Matusz said that he had been dealing with discomfort in his nonthrowing shoulder since spring training but received a cortisone shot that alleviated the pain. Shortly after the All-Star Break, Matusz began feeling discomfort in the shoulder again, but he insisted it didn't affect his pitching.

Matusz was 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 58 relief appearances in 2015, striking out 56 and allowing 38 hits over 49 innings. Matusz held left-handed hitters to a .186 average on the season (right-handers hit .244). He posted a 3.80 ERA after the break after pitching to a 2.28 ERA in the first half of the season.

As a Super 2 qualifier, Matusz will be entering his fourth and final season of arbitration eligibility after making $3.2 million in 2015.

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