Phillies Assistant GM Mike Arbuckle listed J.A. Happ, Zach Segovia and Scott Mathieson, along with Josh Outman, as pitchers who will be knocking on the door to the Majors, if they are 100 percent healthy.
J.A. Happ: The 25-year-old left-hander pitched much of the year with a tender elbow and didn’t tell the Phillies, according to Assistant GM Mike Arbuckle. He scuffled in Triple-A, and at the end of the year, the Phils planned on sending him to the Arizona Fall League, but Happ finally admitted he was hurt and couldn’t go. They have rehabbed him, he is expected to be at camp healthy and Arbuckle anticipates seeing a different pitcher next season.
Zach Segovia: It turns out the 24-year-old right-hander, who struggled through the entire season, was pitching with an impingement in his shoulder. He underwent off-season surgery to remedy the situation. According to Arbuckle, he will be healthy in time for spring training. Segovia narrowly missed making the club out of spring training last year and started one game for the big club.
Scott Mathieson: The hard-throwing 23-year-old, who is expected to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, could help the club at some point this season, possibly in the bullpen. “I think Scotty might well fit as a reliever,” Arbuckle said. “If he comes back 100 percent healthy, which we’re anticipating that he will, knowing his mentality and seeing the quality of his stuff, I think he can pitch late in the game, and for an inning or two innings, be an overpowering type of guy. Ultimately, he could be very effective.”
(This is the fifth in a series of small reports from Thursday’s Winter Tour in Reading.)