BALTIMORE -- If it's up to Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, he will make Monday's start at Boston as scheduled.
Whether that happens or not is manager Buck Showalter's decision, and Matusz's fate could depend on whether fellow rookie starter Jake Arrieta -- who is 22 2/3 innings over his career high -- gets another outing.
Matusz did some long toss with Jeremy Guthrie prior to Wednesday's game and Showalter said the team would try to get a feel for where he's at physically before determining next week's rotation at Fenway Park.
Matusz said the swelling is gone in his left triceps and he is essentially dealing with just a bruise as the remnants of Yunel Escobar's first-inning comebacker, which forced him to exit the game after recording three outs.
"I felt good and that's the most important thing," said Matusz, who took Wednesday off. "I'll get back on my current routine."
That includes Friday's bullpen session, which should give the Orioles a better idea of where Matusz is at. Like several of the O's young arms, the 23-year-old Matusz's workload will be carefully watched in the final weeks of the season. Matusz is at 157 2/3 innings, matching his combined total from three levels last season, and neither Showalter or Matusz anticipate his injury will hinder him going beyond that total.
Arrieta wants to finish what he started
BALTIMORE -- Although it seemed likely that Tuesday night was rookie Jake Arrieta's final start, O's manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday afternoon put the odds at 50-50 that Arrieta -- who is 22 2/3 innings over his career high -- will get one final outing.
"He has not pitched at Fenway Park, and that would be a benefit," Showalter said of Arrieta, who is 6-6 with a 4.66 ERA in 18 Major League starts. "And he's still below what we consider the caution area.
"We've got some things that we're looking at. But if there's any doubt where he is physically, we'll probably lean toward not pitching him."
Most of that will depend on how Arrieta comes out of Saturday's bullpen session. The thought is the 24-year-old is getting close to being shut down, and Arrieta will undoubtedly try to state his case. When asked about the possibility of being done for the season following Tuesday's outing, Arrieta hoped it wouldn't be the case.
"I definitely don't want to be shut down," Arrieta said. "I'd like to finish the season out with everybody. The rest of the guys are going to be here working for the last two or three weeks of the season, and I want to be doing the same thing."
Arrieta has pitched in Fenway Park once before, to play the Boston's Triple-A affiliate, and should he make another start, it will definitely be his last. What happens after that is up to Showalter, who said one option would be to send the young starter home.
"I personally would one night put them in the stands behind home plate, let them watch the game from that angle, one night put them in the bullpen, let them watch the game from that angle," Showalter said.
"It won't be a vacation if we do it. It would be a lot less work to be pitching. If they can't grasp that, then maybe they should start their offseason, because it's not going to be a free and easy playtime."
Bell still adjusting to Major League level
BALTIMORE -- When third baseman Josh Bell was really raking at Triple-A Norfolk, it didn't feel like Minor League baseball, it felt more like a Sunday softball league.
Unfortunately for Bell, the rookie hasn't been able to develop even close to that level of ease in Baltimore, as the 23-year-old entered Wednesday's game batting .215 with 50 strikeouts and only two walks in his first 144 at-bats.
"I have not felt comfortable once since I've been here," Bell said of his first taste of the Major Leagues. "I've had good games, but not on a consistent basis, not where I want it to be. [I'm] still trying to find my swing."
Bell has been getting in early work and taking extra reps with hitting coach Terry Crowley, but said there's only so much you can do to replicate digging in against a CC Sabathia or John Lackey, premier pitchers that he's mostly facing for the first time.
"You can pretty much put your hands however you want to, and you can hit in the cage," Bell said. "It's just seeing the ball in the games, getting the game speed. [And] not missing pretty much. You are getting one pitch to hit in an at-bat [in the Majors]. I've just been missing, badly."
Bell has played in 43 games and has started pretty regularly since being recalled following Miguel Tejada's trade on July 29. O's manager Buck Showater acknowledged that it's a bit of a balancing act to audition Bell to determine his readiness, while also keeping the rest of the O's expanded roster fresh.
"You'd like for him to leave with a good taste in his mouth," Showalter said. "He has gotten a pretty good opportunity and I think he is going to leave here realizing what the level is about. 'Can I do it? Yeah, but what do I got to do get there?' That's what he's got to keep in mind. I'll remember the good, too."
Jays' Roenicke also has Baltimore roots
BALTIMORE -- Rookie Kyle Drabek, who made his Major League debut on Wednesday against the Orioles, is connected to his opponent because his father, former Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, finished his 13-year career in Baltimore.
But there's another Toronto-Baltimore connection in the Blue Jays' clubhouse: right-handed reliever Josh Roenicke, the son of former Major League outfielder Gary Roenicke, who spent eight of his 12 seasons with the Orioles.
"I was born here, and I think I was 3 when we left," Josh Roenicke said. "But talking to my mom and dad the other day, they said we used to spend a lot of time down by the [Inner] Harbor, though I don't remember it. I was in the clubhouse and I was in the stands watching [my dad] play."
Josh's Baltimore memories, however, came at the old Memorial Stadium. His father, now an Orioles West Coast scout, was a member of Baltimore's World Series championship team in 1983. Gary Roenicke spent part of his career wearing a football-style facemask provided by the old Baltimore Colts on his batting helmet to protect injuries from a 1979 incident where he took a fastball to the mouth.
And dad once hit a grand slam that won a viewer of a televised game $1 million.
Father and son speak frequently, with Gary -- and sometimes uncle Ron Roenicke, bench coach for the Angels -- critiquing Josh's outings. But Josh didn't ask for, or need, any scouting reports on the Orioles from his dad.
"He didn't help me with that. We have scouting reports here anyway," Josh Roenicke said.
Second baseman Brian Roberts (right knee) returned to the lineup on Wednesday after being hit by Toronto reliever Jason Frasor's pitch in his eighth-inning at-bat on Monday night. ... Julio Lugo (chronic sinusitis) will see an ear, nose and throat specialist on Friday afternoon and will be unavailable until at least then. ... Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single on Wednesday night.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.