Matusz coming to Baltimore tomorrow

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz will join the Orioles at Camden Yards tomorrow, take the day off and throw Friday on flat ground or in the bullpen.

It's another step in the right direction for Matusz, who has been rehabbing his strained left intercostal muscle at the minor league complex in Sarasota.

The Orioles have three options with Matusz next week. He can return to Twin Lakes Park, accompany them on a road trip that begins April 29 in Chicago or go on an injury rehabilitation assignment in the minors.

Also, shortstop J.J. Hardy is close to beginning baseball-related activities.

According to manager Buck Showalter, Hardy still feels some discomfort in his left oblique area when he "rotates his trunk." This is an issue if you're a major league player or a circus elephant.

Here's the Twins lineup:
Denard Span CF
Jason Repko LF
Jason Kubel RF
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Jim Thome DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Luke Hughes 2B
Steve Holm C
Matt Tolbert SS

Nick Blackburn RHP

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