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Phils part ways with Mathieson

The Phillies have released relief pitcher Scott Mathieson Tuesday afternoon, the team reported.

Mathieson was released to pursue an opportunity to play in Asia according to the team. The move puts the Phillies at 39 players on the 40-man roster. It leaves room for them to lock up one more player before the Rule 5 draft.

Mathieson’s career never really took off for the Phillies. He was drafted in the 17th round of the 2002 amateur draft by the Phillies.

His major league career started in 2006 but Tommy John surgery sidelines the hard throwing right hander for a couple years and he began his journey back to the majors.

He finally returned to the majors in 2010, allowing three runs, two earned, in 1 2/3 innings pitched. He got more time in 2011, pitching five total shut out innings.

Mathieson had been a hard thrower his entire career. Even after the Tommy John surgery, Mathieson still throws in the mid-90’s and can be a valuable asset to a team if he can only control his location. Those accuracy problems are the reason he was never a mainstay with the Phillies the last two years.


Phils fill out 40-man roster; leave off James

Today is the deadline for teams to complete their 40-man roster before the Rule-5 Draft next month.

A player eligible for the Rule-5 Draft are players signed at 19 or older with four years of minor-league service time and players signed at 18 or younger with five years of minor-league time.

So in order to fill out the 40-man roster, the Phils added right-handed pitcher Phillippe Aumont, catcher Sebastian Vaille, left-hander Jake Deikman and outfielder Tyson Gillies.

Missing from that list is outfielder Jiwan James. As Matt Gelb pointed out, James is 22 and has not played a game above the Single A class. That is the reason the Phils most likely left him off the roster, feeling he has a good chance of not being drafted due to his lack of higher-level experience. A player like Gillies had a good shot at being drafted.

The Phillies still do have one more spot left on the roster. Guys like right-hander Scott Mathieson, catcher Erik Kratz, infielder John Bowker and infielder Harold Garcia (torn ACL last season) are all at a risk of being taken in the draft.

Personally, Erik Kratz should not be let go. Mathieson still has no control, Bowker can’t hit and Garcia is 25, damaged and hasn’t even gotten past AA.

After long wait, Schwimer’s name gets called

Michael Schwimmer pitches in relief for the Phils this past February in Spring Training. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Being in AAA Lehigh was like waiting in the bull pen for Michael Schwimmer. Time after time, the phone would ring and names like Michael Stutes, David Herndon, Drew Carpenter, Mike Zagurksi, Scott Mathieson and Juan Perez were asked for. But never Schwimer’s.

Of the six names mentioned, only two (Stutes and Herndon) are still with the Phillies – and Stutes is the only one who should remain on the roster heading into October.

But the phone finally rang for the 25-year-old Schwimer. And it took a little too long.

Schwimer has been dominant for the IronPigs, posting a 9-1 record, 1.88 ERA and a whopping 86 strike outs in 46 games and 67 innings pitched. Schwimer was named to the AAA All-Star team as well as arguably be Lehigh’s best player of the season.

With Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco being put on the DL last night, the door – and well the roster spot – opened for Schwimer. Now it will be Schwimer’s turn to join the Phillies bull pen and contribute, proving that this call up may be his first and last.

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Surprising hero walks it off for Phils

The love/hate relationship the fans have with Ben Francisco turned to all love for one night.

Francisco, who found himself an almost permanent spot on the bench with Domonic Brown an everyday player, had the game-winning hit in the Phils 1-0 win Saturday night.

His hit was only the fourth hit for the Phils and the sixth on the night between the two teams. Heading into the bottom of the 9th, each team only had two hits. But a walk by Shane Victorino, a single by Brown and ground out by Brian Schneider moved the runners in scoring position.

With two down, Francisco pinch-hit for the pitcher, and grounded a ball between second and short to score Victorino easily and win the game.

Vance Worley pitched six innings of one-hit ball. He walked four and tallied four strike outs.

Only David Herndon allowed a hit in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Juan Perez’s 1/3 in the 8th and Michael Stutes’ 9th cleaned up the game for the Phils.

A’s starter Guillermo Moscoso went seven innings of two-hit ball while walking three and striking out two.

NOTES – Before the game, the Phillies placed Roy Oswalt on the 15-day DL and called up right-hander Scott Mathieson. They also activated catcher Brian Schneider and optioned Dane Sardina to AA Reading.

WP: Stutes (3-0). LP: Fuentes (1-8).


Worley optioned

The Phillies made a rather interesting move following today’s 5-4 win over Washington.

They optioned their 23-year-old starting pitcher Vance Worley back to Lehigh Valley for a little work.

“We’ll see you shortly,” Worley recalled them saying. “You’re a part of this team. You’ll be back.”

It’s a move that will allow Worley to work on his stuff as a starter. After being dropped to the bull pen in Joe Blanton’s first return, Worley struggled in his next two starts.

He was exhausted in a poor outing last week and then was roughed up against the Mets on Sunday. He pitched a total of eight innings with 18 hits and 12 runs, eight earned.

On the season, Worley is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA in six appearances, four of which are starts.

The Phillies have an off day on Thursday, which will allow them to skip Worley’s spot in the order.

The Phils will likely call up Scott Mathieson or Mike Zagurski for the next couple days. And when Shane Victorino returns on Friday, one of those pitchers will be sent back down, leaving the bull pen with seven relievers.

Killing two birds with one stone: Victorino, Blanton to DL

UPDATE: Ruben Amaro, you sneaky man.

Domonic Brown was recalled by the Phillies to replace Shane Victorino. The news came 14 hours after Amaro said Browns wasn’t ready to be called up. But I guess a struggling offense changes minds much faster.

Brown was hitting .341 with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs in 11 games with Lehigh Valley. He was also riding an 18-game hitting streak started last season. It’s tied for an IronPigs record with Mike Cervenak, who hit in 18 straight games in 2008.

And in other moves, Scott Mathieson was sent back down and David Herndon was brought back up.

ORIGINAL: This morning, the Phillies decided they weren’t just going to put another guy on the disabled list. Instead they figured, why not two?

The Phillies placed starting center fielder and starting pitcher Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list. Read more of this post

Giambi hits three HRs to top Phils

TTB’s own Chris Bengel covered the Philadelphia Phillies game tonight against the Colorado Rockies as a member of the media. Bengel has interned with the Gloucester County Times the past year and was in the press box tonight along with GCT staff writer Bill Evans. The rights to this story belong to GCT and

PHILADELPHIA — Through all the Phillies’ offensive struggles lately, the pitching has been the only constant.

But on Thursday, the Phillies fell apart in several facets when starting pitcher Joe Blanton was scratched with soreness and inflammation in his right elbow, and Colorado’s Jason Giambi hit three home runs accounting for all the Rockies’ runs in a 7-1 victory over the Phillies.

Kyle Kendrick got the last-minute start in Blanton’s absence, but allowed two towering home runs to the 40-year old Giambi. The first baseman, in the lineup to spell Todd Helton, connected for a three-run shot in the first and two-run homer in the third.

“I didn’t do my job,” said Kendrick, who was removed after the third. “I wanted to go at least five and I didn’t help out the bullpen tonight.

“It’s frustrating, and you want to pitch well and help the team win.” Read more of this post

Oswalt to the DL

[UPDATE] Roy Oswalt was put on the 15-day DL. Scott Mathieson was called up.

[ORIGINAL POST] Roy Oswalt’s bull pen session did not go well yesterday according to the Phils.

Still feeling soreness in his back, Oswalt will not pitch in Saturday’s game against the Braves. In his place, Kyle Kendrick will make his first start of the season.

There is also a chance Oswalt could land on the DL, extending Vance Worley’s stint with the Phillies. But Rich Dubee also said Oswalt could be back as early as Friday. He said Oswalt’s back is just “cranky” because he had been away from baseball for over a week.

In Braves news, they will call up rookie Julio Teheran to pitch against Kendrick on Saturday. This will bump Jair Jurrjens start to Sunday.

Hamels is fantastic

Cole Hamels is more than just a #4 starter on in this rotation. He was sharp and efficient as he was able to get four innings of stellar pitching in before he gave way to the bull pen in the Phillies 2-0 win today against the Red Sox

Hamels left the game with a 2-0 lead, going four innings while allowing only a walk and a hit and striking out three. His hit was the only one surrendered by the Phils all game.

It's been a long spring for Dom Brown, who is 0-for-15 with nine strike outs so far this spring. (Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

The Phillies two runs came in the second when Jeff Larish hit a two-run double, scoring Ben Francisco and John Mayberry. Francisco had a two-hit day as well.

Scott Mathieson, Michael Stutes and Juan Perez combined for five no-hit innings, allowing two walks and four strike outs.

On a more serious note, Dom Brown continued his struggles at the plate, going 0-f0r-3 with a strike out and a walk. He’s still hitless this spring, going 0-for-15 with nine strike outs.

2B: Larish, Victorino.

WP: Hamels. LP: Pimentel. S: Perez.


AMARO LIKES SOX — Ruben Amaro, Jr. is an honest man. And he really thinks the Boston Red Sox are the best team in baseball. The Sox added first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and center fielder Carl Crawford, giving the Sox arguably the best offense and defense in baseball. And they have some pretty solid pitching to go along with that offense as well.

“This is the best club in baseball, I think,” Amaro said, referring to the Red Sox. “The combination of speed, power pitching, bullpen, they’re a hell of a ballclub. [They] don’t have a whole lot of holes.

“Anytime you bring that kind of talent to your club, they did a heck of a job,” Amaro said. “They already had a great team except for a whole hell of a lot of injuries. For them being in the race to hang around as decimated as they were, they were decimated every bit as much as the Mets were a couple years back [in 2009].”

Charlie Manuel didn’t fully say the Sox were the best team on paper but he does feel they made the most improvement in the off season.

“As far as improvement over the winter, Boston definitely,” said Manuel. “If you go position by position on the field, they improved their team quite a bit.”

Mathieson To The DL

The Phillies announced today that they have placed reliever Scott Mathieson on the 15-day disabled list.  Mathieson landed on the disabled list due to a muscle strain in his back.  He was part of September callups and had made two appearances this season.  He last appeared in action on September 5th against the Milwaukee Brewers.

In another roster move, left-hander Nate Robertson was designated for assignment.  Robertson waas responsible for all six of the Marlins’ runs in last night’s game.  Robertson was signed a few weeks ago and made appearances with both the Phillies and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

The Phillies also claimed pitcher Cesar Carrillo off waivers from the San Diego Padres.  Carrillo went 5-14 with a 5.60 ERA in 27 starts for Triple A Portland this season.  He was not added to the active roster.