SARASOTA, Fla. -- A day after getting a wart on his left middle finger removed, pitcher Brian Matusz threw a bullpen session and was confident he will be able to make Tuesday's scheduled start.
"We weren't sure going into the laser process if it was going to be irritated the next couple days or not," Matusz said of the wart, which was on his pitching hand and rubbed on the ball's seam during his curveball grip.
"It feels fine. It doesn't feel irritated at all. It feels normal. Like I said before, it never affected me on the mound. It didn't affect any of my pitches. We just wanted to fix it before it became a problem. It felt good. I threw all of my pitches and it was fine. I didn't feel like I had to hold back at all, so I'm on schedule."
It was originally thought that Matusz would be slowed for a few days and miss his next start, but Saturday's progression makes it far more likely that he will get the ball Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla., vs. the Phillies.
Duchscherer flies through BP session
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitcher Justin Duchscherer was all smiles leaving the back fields of Ed Smith Stadium after throwing batting practice Saturday.
"I felt fine out there," said Duchscherer, who threw approximately 20 warm-up pitches and then 25 to Ryan Adams, Pedro Florimon Jr. and Tyler Henson. "I actually felt better this time than the last time I threw [on Thursday]. I will know more tomorrow. Basically, I just have to see how [my left hip] responds."
Manager Buck Showalter has said that Duchscherer's next step would be to get in a game, and it's possible that he could piggyback with Brian Matusz, who is Tuesday's scheduled starter.
Duchscherer said he wasn't sure if that's the plan, and right now, he's taking everything day by day.
"I mean, I want to get out there [in a game], but it's not like I'm going, 'Oh God, oh God,'" Duchscherer said. "I can't get too far ahead of myself. I've been through this too many times to do that."
Saturday was encouraging for the right-hander, who is coming off his fourth surgery in five seasons, and was slowed by hip soreness earlier this spring. Duchscherer said he threw all of his pitches to the trio of batters, and while he wasn't thrilled with his command, he felt fine physically.
The Orioles would ideally like to get him in the 20-27-inning range this spring, a mark that wouldn't be a problem assuming Duchscherer stays on track.
Catcher Matt Wieters' right hand/forearm area had some pins and needles after he was hit in the elbow by Carl Crawford's swing in the fifth inning of Saturday's 4-4 tie. Wieters shook out his hand a little bit, but he remained in. Manager Buck Showalter said Wieters won't play in Sunday's game just to be on the safe side. ... First baseman Derrek Lee will not play in Sunday's game vs. the Twins in Fort Myers, Fla. The earliest day Lee could make his Grapefruit debut would be Monday. ... Top pitching prospect Zach Britton will start Monday night's game against the New York Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium, while right-hander Chris Tillman will get the ball for the other split-squad game that day in Fort Myers against the Boston Red Sox. ... Showalter said Luke Scott and Josh Bell will get in some early work at first base on Sunday morning. Scott is considered the backup to Lee, although Showalter maintained that this doesn't mean the team is concerned over Lee's health.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.