09/19/10 9:15 PM ET
Brown, Mathieson honored with Minors awards
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Brown is the rising star.
Mathieson is bouncing back after frustrating setbacks and three elbow surgeries.
Both were honored before Sunday's 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Brown is the organization's Minor League Player of the Year. Mathieson is the organization's Pitcher of the Year.
"It's a big honor," Brown said.
Brown, 23, hit a combined .327 with 22 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs and 68 RBIs in 93 games with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He had a .391 on-base percentage and a .589 slugging percentage. He appeared in the All-Star Futures Game in July. Baseball America named him the No. 1 prospect in baseball in its midseason rankings.
He joined the Phillies in July, and could be their everyday right fielder in 2011.
But before Brown gets a chance to prove he is ready for the job in Spring Training, he will try to recover from a strained right quadriceps, which has kept him on the bench since Sept. 7. He said it has improved, although some days are better than others. But because he has missed so much time, partly because of the injury and partly because he has been a bench player, he will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic to get at-bats and work on his defense, which needs improvement.
"I think I'm ready, if need be," Brown said of being an everyday player. "I think I'm ready to step out there and do what the team needs me to do."
Mathieson's big league career derailed in 2006, when he tore a ligament in his right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 29, 2006. He rehabbed, but had complications and had ulnar nerve transposition surgery on Sept. 24, 2007. He rehabbed, came back again, but had another setback and had a second Tommy John surgery.
He rehabbed again, and enjoyed a promising season with Lehigh Valley. Mathieson, 26, went 3-6 with a 2.80 ERA and 26 saves in 54 appearances. In 64 1/3 innings he struck out 83 as his fastball sat in the high 90s.
He has made two appearances for the Phillies this season, but is on the disabled list with a strained back muscle.
"I was happy with how the season went," Mathieson said. "Disappointed that I spent the whole season there -- I wish I was here, but I was glad with the way I played. Hopefully I proved that, [and] next year they'll give me more of a chance."
Mathieson has worked with Hall of Fame closer Bruce Sutter on a splitter, which he will continue to work on. Mathieson said he does not think it is something he must throw to be successful in the big leagues, but he thinks it is something that can help.
He will work with Sutter in the offseason on the splitter.
"My goal is to be part of the bullpen next year," Mathieson said.
Werth hires Boras with free agency looming
PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth has hired Scott Boras as his new agent, a source told MLB.com on Sunday.
Werth, who will be a free agent after the season, recently left Jeff Borris from the Beverly Hills Sports Council.
Werth should be set up for a nice payday once he reaches free agency after the season. He is hitting .292 with 44 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs and 76 RBIs in 146 games. He has hit 60 home runs since the beginning of the 2009 season, which ranks second in the Majors amongst right-handed hitting outfielders. Werth also can run, throw and play good defense.
How this affects his future with the Phillies, if at all, remains to be seen. It already was believed Werth would be incredibly difficult to re-sign, with the Phillies already having committed more than $140 million in payroll in 2011, Domonic Brown waiting in the wings and Werth likely to fetch a contract at least similar to the four-year, $66 million deal Jason Bay received last winter from the Mets.
The Phillies had not had any substantial negotiations with Borris for months before Werth made the switch. That is unlikely to change with Boras, who certainly will have Werth test the free-agent market after the season.
Victorino ejected after spiking helmet
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino was ejected in the sixth inning Sunday during a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
Victorino appeared to check his swing during his at-bat, but third-base umpire Angel Hernandez said Victorino swung. Victorino spiked his helmet and bat into the turf, and Hernandez immediately ejected him.
"He said, 'He almost had a full swing,'" Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Hernandez told him. "I asked him which game was he watching."
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki leads the National League with 34 RBIs in September. Ryan Howard is second with 19. ... Phillies closer Brad Lidge recorded his 95th save Saturday to move into sole possession of fourth place on the francihse's all-time saves list. He had been tied with Tug McGraw. Jose Mesa holds the franchise record with 112. Steve Bedrosian is second with 103 and Mitch Williams is third with 102. ... Wilson Valdez had his six-game hitting streak snapped. ... Jayson Werth has one or more RBIs in each of the past six games.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.