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Lots of Options In Phillies Bullpen

CLEARWATER, Fla. (CBS) - Despite the five outstanding starters (see related story), you can't overlook the Phillies' bullpen this season.

Righthander Scott Mathieson is hoping to be in the mix for a spot.

"That's definitely my goal," he said on Wednesday.  "I won't be satisfied if I go back to Triple-A.  For me, I want to prove I can compete and help out at the big-league level."

Mathieson's problem has been injuries the last few years, but he says right now he is good.

"Two Tommy Johns, and then I had a third elbow surgery as well," he recounts.  "But that's all in the past -- that was two years ago.  I've been healthy for the last two years, and now I want to make an impact."

Mathieson pitched in just two games for the Phillies last season.  He went 3-6 with 26 saves for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Reported by Jack O'Rourke, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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