Tag:Scott Mathieson
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 4:32 pm

Tuesday rumors: Dotel, Thornton and more

Rumor Mill
By Matt Snyder

There's going to be tons of rumor talk this week, as we inch closer to the Winter Meetings next week. That goes without saying. Some stuff will pan out and other rumors will never come to fruition.

Since not every reader is sitting on Twitter all day, we'll pass along as much as we can. Let's run through a quick snapshot of some of the more minor rumors from Tuesday morning and early afternoon. Remember, these are reports from other outlets that we're just passing along. Feel free to believe or ignore whatever you wish.

• Right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel -- who was an important member of the Cardinals bullpen after a midseason trade -- is drawing interest from a handful of teams, reports indicate. MLB.com says the Mets and Cardinals are in the running while FoxSports.com names the Cardinals, Reds and Tigers. Dotel is 38, but posted a high strikeout rate for the Cardinals (11.7 K/9, his best since '08) and threw well in the postseason.

• The White Sox are trying to trade left-handed reliever Matt Thornton, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Thornton is owed $12 million over the course of the next two seasons. The 35-year-old was excellent from 2008-2010 but took a step back in 2011. Of course, if you look at just June 5 to the end of the season, he was back to himself (2.20 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 44 K in 41 innings).

• The Cubs have interest in Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart (via trade), reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post, though Renck notes the level of "seriousness is unclear." Stewart makes a lot of sense as a trade candidate. Once a top-10 prospect (Baseball America had him as high as fourth in all of baseball), Stewart hit 25 homers for Colorado in 2009. But he's been unable to fix his issues with strikeouts, batting average or consistency and seems to have fallen out of favor. He'd probably come cheap, so the Cubs plugging him at third base -- with Aramis Ramirez headed out via free agency -- could work. Stewart's only 26, so maybe a change of scenery would help.

• The Dodgers are speaking with representatives for Adam Kennedy, reports MLB Trade Rumors. Kennedy would simply serve as a multi-positional backup infielder. The 35-year-old hit .234/.277/.355 last season for the Mariners. He'd be shaky at shortstop, but could handle first, second or third just fine.

• The Marlins are interested in Carlos Guillen, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com. The three-time All-Star is now 36 and has only averaged 72 games a year in the past four seasons due to injury woes. He'd also likely be simply a multi-positional backup or late-innings pinch hitter.

• This isn't a rumor, but we'll throw it in here. The Phillies have released relief pitcher Scott Mathieson so he can pursue a contract in Asia, the club announced via press release.

Hat-tip: MLB Trade Rumors

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 5:13 pm

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Roy OswaltThe Phillies, unsurprisingly, have placed Roy Oswalt on the disabled list with lower back inflammation.

Oswalt left Thursday night's game against the Cardinals after an inning and made some cryptic comments about his future and possible retirement after the game. 

While Oswalt said Thursday night he wasn't getting an MRI until Monday, but it was reported that he'd be examined further on Friday.

Philadelphia recalled right-hander Scott Mathieson, who has appeared in two games for the Phillies this season, allowing five hits in three scoreless innings. Kyle Kendrick will replaced Oswalt in the rotation.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 3:20 pm

Domonic Brown promoted to majors

By Evan Brunell

BrownDomonic Brown has finally recieved the call to the major leagues.

The move was made when Shane Victorino hit the disabled list. Brown is naturally a right fielder, so Ben Francisco and Michael Martinez will split playing time in center. Brown will also have to contend with John Mayberry, Jr., but Mayberry will likely man left field in lieu of Raul Ibanez against left-handers.

Brown, 23, made his major-league debut last season and posted a .210/.257/.355 line in 70 plate appearances. He entered spring training in the lead for the right field job, but injuries knocked him out. He's been playing in Triple-A, getting 51 plate appearances after a five-game stint in high-Class A. For Triple-A, he was raking to the tune of a .341/.431/.537 line with two home runs. GM Ruben Amaor has been adamant that Brown needs more playing time, but appears to have changed his mind as the Phillies are in desperate need of offense, and Brown is the logical boost.

In another move, the team optioned reliever Scott Mathieson to the minors and recalled David Herndon. Joe Blanton is also expected to go on the DL, but that hasn't happened yet.

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 3:49 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 4:01 pm

Phillis DL Bastardo, call up Mathieson

The Phillies have placed left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo on the disabled list, the team announced.

Bastardo, who has a 5.11 ERA over 12 1/3 innings on the season, is sidelined with left elbow ulnar neuritis. Basically, Bastardo's ulnar nerve (which runs behind the funny bone in the elbow) is irritated. That results in hand weakness and numbness -- clearly an important part of throwing a ball. Treatment is generally rest and anti-inflammatory medicine, but it is unknown how serious the injury is for Bastardo.

The 24-year-old was replaced by Scott Mathieson, who posted 12 saves and a 2.43 ERA for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 26-year-old was named the pitcher of the month for May in the Phillies farm system. He pitched 37 1/3 innings for the Phillies back in 2006 as a 22-year-old. In September of that year, Mathieson underwent Tommy John surgery. He experienced a setback in 2007 and missed the entire season due to -- what a coincidence -- inflammation of the ulnar nerve. He then missed the 2008 season with yet another Tommy John surgery, so his comeback is impressive.

-- Evan Brunell

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