Orioles pitcher Matusz determined to regain form



SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore’s Brian Matusz says he learned a lot from his struggles last season and is determined to regain the form that once made him one of baseball’s brightest young pitching prospects.

The 25-year-old left-hander worked on his strength and conditioning with former Orioles star Brady Anderson this winter, consulted with pitching coach Rick Adair about his mechanics on the mound and had conversations with his dad about what it will take to put a disappointing year behind him.

Matusz impressed teammates and manager Buck Showalter during his first spring training bullpen session, however all agree it’s too early declare he’s back — much less assume he’ll be able to win a spot in the starting rotation coming out of what figures to be a competitive camp.