One of the remaining items on general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s offseason to-do list is to beef up the bullpen for the 2010 Phillies. Ruben has stated he prefers a low risk, high reward approach to his bullpen shopping, and one of the open spots may be filled by former and current prospect Scott Mathieson.
He's a brief summary of how the righty has spent his last three years:
June 2006: Recalled from AA Reading for a few spot starts with the Phillies.
September 2006: Underwent Tommy John surgery #1.
September 2007: Had ulnar nerve surgery on his right arm.
2008: Underwent Tommy John surgery #2 and missed the entire season.
2009: In 22 games in the Phils' minor league system, went 4-0 with an 0.84 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.
Fall 2009: Performed well enough in the Arizona Fall League to be added to the team's 40-man roster.
Mathieson is still only 25 years old, so this could be a great "find" for the Phillies if he's able to stay healthy and make it all the way back to the Majors in 2010.