Veteran left-hander Brian Matusz re-signs with Cubs on a minor league contract
A week after the Cubs designated Brian Matusz and reportedly released him, the team posted on the official transactions page that Matusz has re-signed and will stay in the organization on a minor league contract.
Brian Matusz elected for free agency on Aug. 4 after he was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Aug. 3. According to the transactions page, Matusz re-signed with the Cubs as a free agent on a minor league contract on Aug. 5.
According to Roch Kobatko, Matusz has been assigned to Triple-A Iowa.
Matusz made his Cubs’ debut on July 31 and started the game against the Mariners that will not soon be forgotten. Matusz struggled mightily, gave up six runs on three two-run home runs, one each in the first three innings. Joe Maddon went to his pen after three innings. The bullpen tossed nine innings of scoreless ball and the Cubs walked off the Mariners in the 12th inning on a pinch-hit safety squeeze bunt from Jon Lester.
Matusz allowed six runs on six hits (three home runs) on two walks and a HBP while striking out on two in three innings (18.00 ERA, 2.66 WHIP, 17.80 FIP).
Brian Matusz was very sharp at the Triple-A level before he was called up. Matusz made two starts and gave up two runs on seven hits (one home run) with three walks and 11 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. By all accounts, Matusz had good command of his fastball and breaking stuff in the three starts with Iowa and Tennessee. Basically, the exact opposite of the way he pitched on the last Sunday in July at Wrigley.
The Cubs have not announced the plans moving forward with Brian Matusz. The Cubs could keep using him in a starting role for depth or move him back to the bullpen where just last season with Baltimore, Matusz was 1-4 in 58 games with a 2.94 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 3.58 FIP.