According to the Brett Hollander show that I'm listening to online, Derrick Mason is going to report to the Ravens tomorrow. His retirement is over.
I'm not too surprised by this. I had a feeling that Mason was rattled by Steve McNair's death and didn't know what he wanted to do. After taking a couple of weeks to think about it he must have realized he still had some gas in the tank.
That's pretty good news for the Ravens who would have been staring at a huge hole in their receiving corps if Mason had stayed retired. He's not going to light up the scoreboard with touchdowns, but he abilty to get open and extend drives by making receptions on 3rd down is key to the Ravens offense.
Also, the same show is reporting that Andy McPhail is debating whether or not to bring up pitching phenom Brian Matusz. With Brad Bergesen on the DL the O's are short a starter and it appears they want to take at the young right hander.
The 22-year-old has dominated AA going 7-0 in his seven starts. The left-hander's ERA is an absurd 1.59 and has struck out 45 hitters while only walking 10.
If he is called up then that would make the O's 3 for 3 in calling up their top prospects this season. Baseball America had Matusz ranked third behind Matt Wieters and Chris Tillman.
Looks like O's fans get a glimpse of the future a little sooner than expected.