Matusz pulled from Monday start with bruised arm

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According to’s Brittany Ghiroli, Orioles starter Brian Matusz was pulled from Monday’s game after just one inning due to what is being called a “left triceps contusion.”

Matusz, a southpaw, was nailed in the left arm by a Yunel Escobar comebacker on his ninth pitch of the game.  He stayed in and finished the scoreless inning but did not feel well enough to head out for the second.  That, or the Orioles were trying to protect his young arm.

The 23-year-old Matusz posted a strong 2.43 ERA over six August starts and pitched well against the Yankees one week ago.  It’s not yet known if he will miss his next scheduled outing.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.