Bastardo to DL, Mathieson Up
They recalled Scott Mathieson to take his place.
Bastardo, 24, is 0-0 with a 5.11 ERA in 16 appearances. Mathieson, 26, is 2-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 12 saves in 25 appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Mathieson had a 0.79 ERA in his first 19 appearances.
This completes Mathieson’s grueling journey back to the big leagues. He went 1-4 with a 7.47 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) with the Phillies in 2006. His struggles led to the Phillies acquiring Jamie Moyer. Mathieson injured his right elbow Sept. 2, 2006, and had Tommy John surgery Sept. 29. He made seven rehab appearances in August 2007, but felt more discomfort and required ulnar nerve transposition Sept. 24, 2007.
Mathieson had his second Tommy John surgery in 2008.
The chances of returning to the big leagues following two Tommy John surgeries are slim, but Mathieson did it. He’s back. And I know fans have been eager to see him pitch at the big-league level again.