Ex-Oriole Brian Matusz demoted by Cubs after one major league start

Former Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has been designated for assignment after Sunday's lackluster start with the Chicago Cubs, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Matusz, 29, allowed six runs, six hits and two walks in three innings in his first start with the Cubs on Sunday night. Chicago rallied to defeat the Seattle Mariners, 7-6.


Matusz is 27-41 with a 4.92 ERA in 280 major league appearances since making his debut with the Orioles in 2009. The former No. 4 overall draft pick was traded from Baltimore to the Atlanta Braves for two minor league pitchers in May, designated for assignment the next day and released a week later.

After signing a minor league deal with the Cubs in mid-June, Matusz posted a 1.53 ERA in five appearances. He was called up from Triple-A Iowa to start Sunday and give the Cubs' starters an extra day of rest.

“I’ve seen him pitch extremely well,” said Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, also a former Oriole. “He’s a smart guy who has got some really good pitches that he knows how to use effectively. Hopefully he can come here ready, and we can move forward.”