Here are quotes from my conversation earlier today with Phillies pitcher Scott Mathieson, who was granted his release to play in Asia.
It's a great opportunity for me to play with a very good team. I'm getting the chance to really pitch. I signed the contract and knew it was going to be great for me and my family.
This did not come from any dissapointments with the Phillies. Obviously I want to play in the big leagues. This was just a really great opportunity I discussed with my family and we all agreed to it.
I wish I had pitched more in the big leagues. I don't blame the Phillies for anything. I should've pitched better. Hopefully in the next few years I can get back there.
This has been discussed for about a month and a few weeks ago the opportunity arose. My agent and I have discussed it through the years a few times. I talked about with him and my wife and we decided to sign the contract and see how it went.
I hope to prove myself over there. I want to pitch on a winning team and also hope to achieve personal success.