Monday, March 17, 2008

Kris Benson Suffers Setback

The Phillies supposed safety valve for the rotation won't be ready to pitch anytime soon. Kris Benson, who had originally thought he could be ready to play by Opening Day, will miss his next scheduled start due to arm soreness. Benson doesn't seem too worried about the setback, saying that on a scale of 1-10, his level of concern is a 1. Benson will try to pitch again sometime next week.

Benson won't be ready as quickly as he thought, but he should still be in line to join the Phillies rotation in June. What the Phillies will do between now and then with their 5th starter slot is another question. One of the candidates, Chad Durbin, didn't clear anything up with his start today. Durbin earned a win but gave up 3 runs over five innings. Shane Victorino had a good game at the plate, picking up 3 RBI's to lead the Phils to a 6-4 win over the Indians.

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