After being released by the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, pitcher Scott Mathieson has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan.
Mathieson made four relief appearances this past season and did not allow a run. In his entire Major League career, the 27-year old right-hander was 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in eight starts and seven relief appearances. All his starts came in 2006, as a 22-year old rookie.
Mathieson was rated Philadelphia's fourth-best pitching prospect when the organization called him up for the first time, but he needed Tommy John surgery that ended his 2006 season. He spent parts of 2006, 2010 and 2011 with the Phillies, but often struggled with elbow pain.
In the minors, Mathieson compiled a 32-37 record with a 3.75 ERA and 34 saves in 96 starts and 104 relief appearances.