BOSTON – Brian Matusz had a rough rehab outing at Bowie on Monday night. In his third appearance for the Baysox, Matusz who is on the disabled list with a back injury gave up six runs on seven hits in the first inning, throwing 30 pitches.
Because of that outing, Matusz will get a fourth minor league outing, two or three innings for Frederick on Friday night, following Kevin Gausman’s second rehab start.
Originally, Matusz was supposed to throw multiple innings.
“Didn’t go too well for him,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Matusz’s outing was witnessed by Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson and Special Assignment Pitching Instructor Ramon Martinez, and they both spoke with Showalter.
“Velocity was a little better. I think there were two bunt hits, there were two ground ball hits, there was one home run that he got in a bad place he wasn’t trying to go. His command has been a little bit of an issue for him. It’s good to see his stuff get a little better,” Showalter said.
“But he’ll have a two- to three-inning stint Friday behind Gausman. In a perfect world, Kevin goes five and he goes … It’s like I told Gausman today, ‘It’s OK if you guys get some people out on these things, too.”
Showalter didn’t think that Matusz’s performance was better than his pitching line indicated.
“I wouldn’t go that far. I was hoping for more. I talked to [Bowie pitching coach] Alan Mills today, too, and we were hoping he would be a little more productive,” Showalter said.
As for Adam Jones, who isn’t in the starting lineup for the fifth straight game because of a rib cage injury, Showalter said.
“Even if it’s completely gone and all the stuff we’re doing here, there’s still another level you go to in a game. It’s just a different intensity level, so you be careful not to try it too much and then you can have a setback. I think he’s very close and we’re being as cautious as you can be about it,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Jimmy Paredes (wrist) took batting practice from coaches in Sarasota, Fla. … Ryan Flaherty starts in left field for the eighth time, the third in Fenway Park.