Matusz, who bunted a ball off his nose before Tuesday's game, said he could have pitched — X-rays taken Tuesday night were negative and he said he could breathe fine through his nose — but manager
Arrieta, who had lost eight of his last nine starts, was demoted to the bullpen following his start Friday. But he didn't get into a game in relief, so he worked Wednesday on normal rest.
"Out of all the things we had the option to do, it probably looked the best or fit the best," Showalter said.
Matusz — who is now scheduled to start Friday — took the move in stride but said he expected to pitch Wednesday.
"I woke up this morning and felt good, good enough to go," Matusz said. "I talked to Buck, and he felt it was best to give me a couple extra days, and I'll be fine for Friday. I feel fine. There's a little bit of pain there, but I've been doing activities."
The Orioles could have turned to Triple-A Norfolk for a starter, but using Arrieta seemed to be better than their options in the minors.
The club wants to give 49-year-old left-hander
With Matusz starting Friday's series opener in Atlanta, the Orioles can move right-hander
On Thursday, Right-hander
"This is something you need, to get back in the swing of things," Hunter said. "Start doing what you are supposed to do. I get another shot on Thursday. We'll take it one day at a time. Hopefully, I'll go out and deal, put a 'W' on the board and do all the good things that you are supposed to do."
Orioles to make call on
Outfielder Endy Chavez, his strained right hamstring still sore after pulling up lame rounding first base Tuesday night, was out of Wednesday's lineup and is considered day-to-day.
Chavez said he didn't believe he could play Wednesday, but he didn't think the injury would force him onto the disabled list for the second time this season. He spent 19 days on the DL in May with an oblique strain.
"I feel better today," Chavez said. "It's still sore. We'll give it some treatment and see how it responds the next two days.
The Orioles will likely make a decision whether to place Chavez on the DL today before going on the road for six interleague games.
"It would be kind of tough going into six National League games short on the bench, so we'll see," Showalter said. "It's sort of tough to test it out, because you don't want to injure it further."
If the Orioles place Chavez on the DL, they could recall infielder
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts describes his new batting helmet as "function over looks."
Roberts, who played his first major league game in nearly 13 months Tuesday after battling multiple concussions, is wearing a helmet with double ear flaps to add protection at the plate and on the basepaths.
"The double ear flap looks funny doesn't it?" Roberts said Wednesday. "I just decided, 'Why take a chance of getting hit on the side that doesn't have a flap?' It's their newest version. It can take a little more velocity."
Roberts, who had three hits and an RBI in his first game back, said the helmet has taken some adjustment. He wore it for the final 10 days of his minor league rehab assignment.
"After talking to my doctor, we just decided, you know, we'll go with function over looks," Roberts said. "Just figured why not just be as smart as we can be."
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