The Phillies have released righthander Scott Mathieson to allow him to pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Asia, the team announced in a news release.
Mathieson, who has had two Tommy John surgeries, reportedly has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League, according to reports. The contract is for $2 million with incentives.
Mathieson, 27, will be given the opportunity to be the team's closer with Yuya Kubo sidelined by injury, according to reports in Japan.
Mathieson, posted a 1-4 record with a 6.75 ERA in 15 major league games (8 starts) over three seasons with the Phillies (2006, 2010-11).
A 17th-round selection by the Phillies in the June 2002 draft, Mathieson went 32-37 with a 3.75 ERA and 34 saves in 200 games (96 starts) for his minor league career.
With the transaction, the Phillies now have 39 players on the 40-man roster.