In June 2006, the Phillies called up one of their top pitching prospects, a flamethrowing 22 year-old righthander named Scott Mathieson, to make a few spot starts for an ailing rotation. He made three starts and one relief appearance, compiling an 0-2 record and a 5.48 ERA before being sent back down to the minors. He was recalled in August and made four more starts, even recording his first major league win. Then on September 2, he started the second game of a doubleheader. On his sixth pitch of the evening, he felt a pop in his right elbow, an injury which required Tommy John surgery.
2005 Bowman Chrome Draft #126 Scott Mathieson
After recovering from his Tommy John surgery, Mathieson was able to pitch in 7 minor league games during the 2007 season. Then he heard another pop. Doctors misdiagnosed Mathieson’s second injury and recommended nerve surgery. In early 2008, after attempting to rehab from the nerve surgery, he underwent his second Tommy John surgery. After another long and arduous recovery, Mathieson stepped back on the field for the Gulf Coast League Phillies on June 25, 2009. Since then, Mathieson has progressed to single A Clearwater and then to double A Reading. Over the three levels, Mathieson has compiled a 2-0 record, a 0.45 ERA, and 21 strike outs over 20 relief innings. He has also been lighting up the radar gun at 98 miles per hour. With all his recent success, Mathieson has lined himself up for a chance to help an injured Phillies bullpen when September callups are made. Here’s hoping that this young man, who has endured so much in pursuit of his dream, continues his return to form. For more information on Mathieson, check out these recent articles.