Scott Mathieson was drafted by the Phillies in 2002, and has since had two Tommy John surgeries, been released and re-signed, waived, designated for assignment twice and promoted and demoted at will. The Phillies have thrown every roster move and loophole in the book at Mathieson, to the point where it’s hard to tell if they see him in their future plans at all.
On one hand, the Phils’ constant toying with Mathieson shows they don’t value him too much; on the other, it shows that they value him enough to keep him around.
Jay Floyd got a chance to speak with Mathieson last week after his most recent demotion. Here is what the 27-year-old flamethrower had to say.
On the latest DFA-
“It was revocable waivers, so I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. I’m back on the 40-man, so it didn’t really matter. It was just a different way of sending me down, I guess.”
About they way he’s gone up and down this year and having been asked to switch roles back and forth-
“I don’t want to say I’m disappointed, I’m glad I get the opportunity to go up, but I wish I would get more opportunities to pitch while I’m up there. I just do what they ask me to do and try to do my best at whatever role I’m in.”
On wishing to perhaps get a better opportunity elsewhere-
“I definitely want an opportunity to pitch at the big league level. And I feel like I’ve pitched pretty well in Triple A, in the bullpen and starting, and I’m just trying to prove I can do both and hopefully it will create more opportunities down the road for me.”
On how that opportunity could come-
“I’m out of options next year, so if I don’t make the team out of spring training- if (the Phillies) keep me on the 40-man roster through the winter I’ll go to spring training with them- if I don’t make the team, then I have to go through waivers and I’m not really too sure what happens after that. I know that if I don’t make the team next year and if I’m not on the 40-man, then every other team has a chance to claim me. And if I do clear waivers, I’m not 100 percent sure if I’m free or not.”
As you can see, some of these processes are so confusing that even Mathieson himself is a bit unsure on his future. Thankfully, Eric Seidman of Brotherly Glove also got to speak to Mathieson and explain in detail how the Phillies have moved him up, down and all around, and what the future holds for him contractually.