Orioles lefty Brian Matusz, caught using an illegal substance on his arm on May 23, has had his eight-game suspension upheld by Major League Baseball, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. This comes on the same day Brewers lefty Will Smith had his punishment for the same crime reduced from eight games to six games. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that MLB’s reasoning for the disparity is based on a formula that uses games pitched.
Since converting to a reliever full-time at the start of the 2013 season, Matusz has been a reliable southpaw for the Orioles. Between 2013-15, he has a 3.50 ERA with a 117/44 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.