Orioles release left-handed reliever Hendrickson

Matusz will pitch on Friday vs. Red Sox

Orioles release left-handed reliever Hendrickson

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Orioles released left-hander Mark Hendrickson on Monday, ending the 40-year-old reliever's latest attempt to get back into the Major Leagues.

Hendrickson asked the Orioles for a tryout at the club's mini-camp in January. He came to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee and made four appearances, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings.

If Hendrickson decides to retire, the Orioles will consider offering him a non-playing role within the organization. Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said that Hendrickson would make a good pitching coach when he's ready to call it a career.

The 6-foot-9 Hendrickson, who became a grandfather over the offseason, pitched for five teams over parts of 10 seasons in the Majors and played with four NBA teams during his basketball career.

Hendrickson hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, and he spent last year with the independent Atlantic League's York Revolution. He earned a non-roster spot in the Orioles' camp two years ago and put together a 3.06 ERA in 40 appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.

Around the horn

• Left-hander Brian Matusz will get another start this spring, as he's slated to pitch Friday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. Matusz is expected to throw about 60 pitches over three or four innings.

• Starters Kevin Gausman and Wei-Yin Chen will also make their next appearances on Friday at the club's Minor League complex.

• Right-hander Jason Garcia, one of the Orioles' Rule 5 Draft picks, has not pitched since March 10 after he tweaked something in his leg on the final pitch of his outing that day against the Yankees. Showalter said Garcia is expected "back in the fray shortly."

• Reliever Ryan Webb (left knee) threw a bullpen session on Sunday and felt good Monday, Showalter said. Webb and infielder Paul Janish (right elbow) could be ready to play this week.

• The Orioles will likely carry 11 or 12 pitchers on their roster out of Spring Training.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.