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Mathieson Heads to Asia

The Phillies once considered Scott Mathieson a top prospect.

They released him today to pursue an opportunity to pitch in Asia.

Mathieson, 27, went 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in 15 games in three seasons (2006, 2010-11) with the Phillies. He went 32-37 with a 3.75 ERA and 34 saves in 200 games in the minor leagues. He had three different surgeries on his right elbow, including two Tommy John ligament replacement surgeries, but still came back to pitch again in the big leagues.

I think Mathieson saw the writing on the wall regarding his status in the organization. He had fallen behind Mike Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, David Herndon, Michael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont and other younger relievers on the depth chart. He simply had very little chance to pitch with the Phillies in 2012, so he presumably made a sound financial decision to play overseas. Because Mathieson threw hard I always got e-mails from fans asking why the Phillies didn’t call him up. He put up pretty good numbers the past couple seasons in Triple-A, but in very limited opportunities with the Phillies he put on a lot of base runners. I think the front office and coaching staff liked their other options more.

Mathieson is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet in the Phillies clubhouse. Good luck to him.

The moves leaves the Phillies with 39 players on their 40-man roster.


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Surprise, surprise: Brown Called Up

Asked last night why the Phillies would not promote Domonic Brown from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “We don’t think he’s ready to do it.”

His opinion changed over night.

The Phillies recalled Brown to replace Shane Victorino, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. They also optioned Scott Mathieson and recalled David Herndon. I’m guessing the Phillies needed a fresh arm following a bullpen game last night against the Rockies, which is why Mathieson is out and Herndon is in. When the Phillies place Joe Blanton on the DL next week, I think Herndon goes back down and Vance Worley comes back up.


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A Crowded DL: Been There, Done That

The injuries are piling up for the Phillies, although Ruben Amaro Jr. said last night Carlos Ruiz won’t be placed on the DL today because of a back problem.

That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It just won’t happen today. But the DL already is crowded with Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, Joe Blanton, J.C. Romero, Domonic Brown and Brian Bocock

The Phillies should be used to this. I pictured players checking their iPads or phones last night and shrugging their shoulders at the latest DL news, if they hadn’t heard already.

“Blanton’s on the DL? Damn. OK.”

The Phillies have travelled this road before:

  • 2007: They used 46 players, including 28 pitchers (some of those players included Chris Roberson, Pete LaForest, Russell Branyan, Yoel Hernandez, Anderson Garcia, Kane Davis, John Ennis, Joe Bisenius, Zack Segovia and Matt Smith).
  • 2008: They used 40 players, including 18 pitchers (Brad Harman, Andy Tracy, Chris Snelling, R.J. Swindle, Les Walrond and Andrew Carpenter).
  • 2009: They used 41 players, including 22 pitchers (Rodrigo Lopez, Paul Hoover, Sergio Escalona and Steven Register).
  • 2010: They used 42 players, including 21 pitchers (Cody Ransom, Dane Sardinha, Brian Bocock, Nate Robertson, Scott Mathieson and Nelson Figueroa).

The Phillies handled the injuries every time. Nobody can say they will handle them this year, but it explains why nobody in the clubhouse is panicked, either.


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Rollins Remains Day to Day with Hamstring Injury

Jimmy Rollins remains day-to-day with tightness in his right hamstring.

He hobbled around the bases in the third inning last night in a 10-6 victory over the Marlins. He reached on a double and scored on a single, clearly having trouble running. Wilson Valdez took his place in the fourth.

Charlie Manuel indicated dehydration could have affected Rollins, who was ill.

“He’s better today,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. “I’m not sure when he’s going to play, but he’s better. We don’t think it’s a long term issue.”

Any chance he plays tomorrow night against the New York Mets at Citi Field?

“It’s possible, but he could miss the whole weekend,” Amaro said. “He could play tomorrow. He could play Saturday. He could play Sunday or Monday. I don’t know yet.”


Amaro said if the Phillies have decided on Saturday’s starter — it’ll be either Kyle Kendrick or Vance Worley — he didn’t know.


The Phillies cut loose Nate Robertson after last night’s dreadful effort. They also placed Scott Mathieson on the DL.


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Baez to DL Creates Postseason Roster Flexibility

The Phillies gained postseason roster flexibility today when they placed right-hander Danys Baez on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms.

The Phillies, who recalled left-hander Antonio Bastardo from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Baez’s place, have 28 players eligible for the postseason. They have the players on the current 25-man roster, plus the three players on the disabled list: Baez, Ross Gload and Jamie Moyer.

“We’d have one wild card, which would be Jamie’s spot,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Moyer is a wild card because he will not pitch again this season. The Phillies can replace Moyer with anybody who is in the organization on Aug. 31. In other words, if they wanted to call up a player from Class A Lakewood they could do that. That is how left-hander J.A. Happ made the postseason roster in 2008. Pitchers Scott Mathieson and Mike Zagurski were on the 60-day disabled list, which allowed the Phillies to take Happ, who was a September call-up.

The Phillies got creative in 2009, when they selected the contract of injured right-hander John Ennis and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list. That is unlikely to happen to this year, but there are ways to get more flexibility. Now that Baez is on the DL, the Phillies won’t have to use their wild card on Bastardo, if they would want him on the postseason roster.


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Dobbs Out, Ruiz DL, Rollins Back, Zagurski Back

The Phillies just announced they have designated Greg Dobbs for assignment.

They also placed Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion, activated Jimmy Rollins from the DL and recalled Mike Zagurski. Scott Mathieson also has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. This means the Phillies bench is Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Brian Schneider, Ross Gload and Ben Francisco.

I’m not completely shocked the Phillies designated Dobbs. He has struggled. He is hitting just .152 with one homer and six RBIs, and is just 1-for-25 as a pinch-hitter. I’ll get the details on the DFA, but if he is not traded and clears waivers I believe the Phillies could outright him to Triple-A where he could play regularly, get at-bats and possibly rejoin the Phillies once he’s hitting better.


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Bastardo to DL, Mathieson Up

mathieson.jpgThe Phillies have placed Antonio Bastardo on the DL with left elbow ulnar neuritis.

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.


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Got Your Halladay Fix Here

Roy Halladay allowed a two-out single to Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

And there went the back-to-back perfect games.

SABR member Brian Rash found that only three pitchers who threw perfect games since 1900 retired the side in the first inning in their following start. The three who did: Len Barker, Randy Johnson and Mark Buehrle.

*’s Carrie Muskat, who covers the Cubs, passed along this great story about Halladay:

Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken held the same post with Toronto in 1995, when the Blue Jays drafted Halladay in the first round. Wilken watched Halladay play in high school in Arvada, Colo.

“You could see he was a good competitor,” Wilken said. “You could see he was a pretty strong young man.”

Halladay went to Torono’s complex in Dunedin, Fla., shortly after he signed in early July. One of the Minor League pitching coaches told Wilken that Halladay looked “awfully pale” and if he started running him foul pole to foul pole he would die in the Florida heat. Wilken put down $20 on the bench and said, “Who’s your best runner?”

The coach picked a kid from the Dominican.

“So they run, and after four pole-to-pole sprints, the Dominican kid broke down and goes on one knee and is gasping for air,” Wilken said. “Halladay is still running and just drills him into the ground, running wise. I picked my $20 up and said, ‘Never judge a book by its cover. And, by the way, [Halladay] finished third in Colorado in cross country in high school.'”

Wilken continued, “The stamina and durability, you don’t always see that with a high school kid. He had a fast arm. You hear that he has good work ethic. You never know it until you sign him and get him into pro ball and then you really find out how dedicated he is to the sport. It also showed you how sometimes players get better through perseverence. He had a hiccup in Toronto and was sent back to A ball. Roy never said a word about it. Mel Queen gave him a new arm slot and from that day on, you knew what Roy Halladay was all about.”


The Phillies named first baseman Matt Rizzotti and right-hander Scott Mathieson their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively.

Rizzotti, a sixth-round pick in 2007, hit a combined .352 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 17 RBIs in 28 games with Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. He is hitting .357 with six homers and 24 RBIs this season.

Mathieson, a 17th round pick in 2002, went 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and five saves in 11 appearances. He is 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA and nine saves in 21 appearances this season.


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Fourteen Players Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp

The Phillies re-assigned 14 players to Minor League camp today:

Pitchers: Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Scott Mathieson, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Joe Savery and Bill White.

Catchers: Tuffy Gosewisch, Kevin Nelson and John Suomi.

Infielders: Freddy Galvis.

Outfielders: Quintin Berry and Tyson Gillies.

Some people thought Mathieson might have a chance to win a job in the bullpen, but Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee stressed early in camp that Mathieson needed innings, and needed to work on his secondary pitches. He’ll get that opportunity in the Minors. But I still think the Phillies could have Mathieson on their roster this season, if he shows enough improvement. They still love his arm.

Aumont, Gillies and Ramirez came to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade, but none of them had any illusions about making the club. Aumont heads to Minor League camp working on a new/old delivery. Gillies heads to Minor League camp trying to slow things down at the plate.

“I’m leaving on a good note,” Aumont said. “I got some experience. I’ll go down there, get that pitch count up and get my arm ready for the season. I’m actually excited about it. It was all at once (the new delivery). It was kind of shaky a little bit at the beginning, but I guess that’s why the Minor Leagues are there.”

“It was a great experience for me,” Gillies said. “Being able to see the way these superstars go about their business was really exciting, watching how they prepare every day, seeing their daily routines. I learned the things I need to be successful, and where consistency starts. Charlie told me the things I need to work on, slowing things down. Slower. Slower when I’m hitting. He wants me to be slow with the feet, and quick with the hands. Basically just stay back a little bit more. Keep my hands and everything back and try not to lunge at everything. Let the ball come to me.”


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A Week to Go

A week from today Phillies pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout in Clearwater.

I just hope there’s no snow there.

Seriously, enough with the snow.


Got the latest contract info:

Jose Contreras. $1.5 million salary. Performance bonuses: $50,000 for 10 games started; $100,000 for 15 games started; $200,000 for 20 games started; $300,000 for 25 games started; $350,000 for 30 games started; $50,000 for 35 games finished; $100,000 for 40 games finished; $200,000 for 45 games finished; $300,000 for 50 games finished; $350,000 for 55 games finished; $50,000 for 50 games; $50,000 for 55 games; $50,000 for 60 games; $50,000 for 65 games; $50,000 for 70 games. Plus: $50,000 for makign the All Star team; $50,000 for being named the NLCS MVP; $100,000 being named World Series MVP; $25,000 for winning the Gold Glove; $25,000 for winning the Silver Slugger; $50,000 for winning Comeback Player of the Year; $100,000 for winning Cy Young or Rolaids ($75,000-2nd; $50,000-3rd). The Phillies also will not offer Contreras salary arbitration if he is a Type A free agent.

Scott Mathieson. He will make $115,000 in the Minors and $400,000 in the Majors. He also receives a $2,500 bonus for appearing in 50 games.

Oscar Villarreal. Minor League contract for $17,000 a month and an agreement for a Major League contract for $125,000. He will make $675,000 if he plays in the Majors. Performance bonuses: $25,000 for 20 games; $25,000 for 25 games; $25,000 for 30 games; $30,000 for 35 games; $30,000 for 40 games; $30,000 for 45 games; $30,000 for 50 games; $30,000 for 55 games. Plus: $25,000 for making the All Star team; $50,000 for being named World Series MVP; $25,000 for being named NLCS MVP; $50,000 for winning Cy Young or Rolaids ($25,000-2nd; $15,000-3rd); $25,000 for winning a Gold Glove; $25,00 for winning a Silver Slugger. If he is not on the 25-man roster by July 1, Villarreal will be released if requested or he will be added to the roster within 72 hours.

Also, Villarreal does not have an invitation to Major League spring training.

Mike Zagurski. He will make $151,548 in the Minors and $400,000 in the Majors.


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