(1/10/2011) According to FOXSports.com, SP Kris Benson announced his retirement on Monday after nine years in the majors. The former No. 1 overall pick went 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in three starts for the Diamondbacks last season before missing the remainder of the year due to a right shoulder injury. Im done, the 36-year-old said by phone from his home outside Atlanta. I decided pretty much after this past season that I wasnt going to pursue anything. Ive been putting way too much into it and not getting enough out of it, as far as the rehab, working out, training, and then not getting the type of results I expect from myself. He finished his career with a 70-75 record and a 4.42 ERA.
Benson officially done for year
(9/1/2010) Diamondbacks RHP Kris Benson had a setback in his rehabilitation from a right shoulder injury and will be shut down for the rest of the season. He had been rehabbing at Triple-A Reno. He remains on the 60-day disabled list.
Benson has 3.00 ERA in rehab stint
(8/11/2010)Kris Benson (shoulder) has allowed two runs in six innings (two starts) on his Triple-A rehab assignment.
Benson moved to 60-day, on rehab stint
(8/1/2010) From The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Kris Benson, who was moved to the 60-day DL on Friday, gave up one run and three hits in three innings in a rehab start at Triple-A Reno on Friday, his first appearance since undergoing two cortisone shots in early June. He was scheduled to make at least two rehab starts this time around. He had not pitched since June 8.
Benson takes the hill again
(7/24/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson, on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right shoulder, pitched another simulated game on Saturday, according to MLB.com. "He was a lot better today than he was last time [Tuesday]," said pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. "He looks as good if not freer with his arm than when we had him earlier in the season." However, Stottlemyre said Benson "hit at a wall" at pitch No. 42 of the 50-pitch session.
Benson throws sim game on Tuesday
(7/20/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson (shoulder) threw a two-inning simulated game prior to Tuesday's game against the Mets. "I felt great," Benson told MLB.com. "I can see a huge difference between the first time that I tried to come back and this time." Benson will throw out of the bullpen on Thursday and throw 60-65 pitches against live hitters on Saturday.
Benson not back throwing just yet
(6/23/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson, who has been out since April 28 with inflammation in his right shoulder, got a second round of cortisone shots Friday and hopes to play catch on Saturday, according to MLB.com. His rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno is on hold. "It turns out it was a little more serious than I thought when it first happened," Benson said.
Benson taking break from rehab
(6/18/2010) Arizona SP Kris Benson, who has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a sore shoulder, has taken some days off during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno. Manager A.J. Hinch told the Arizona Republic, "I don't think he's been feeling bad, but I don't think he's been feeling perfect." The veteran hurler is on schedule to make a start Saturday for Reno.
Benson to start again in minors
(6/12/2010) According to MLB.com, Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson threw on the side in the bullpen on Friday and will start again for Triple-A Reno again next weekend.
Benson lit up in Triple-A start
(6/4/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson (shoulder) did not have a productive rehab outing with Triple-A Reno on Thursday. The veteran pitcher lasted just 1 1/3 innings in a loss to Colorado Springs. He allowed eight runs and six hits while walking five. He also struck out two and allowed a two-run homer to Matt Miller.
Benson makes second rehab start
(5/31/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson made his second rehab start for Triple-A Reno on Saturday. He allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits over four innings. He walked one and had three strikeouts. He will make another start on Thursday for Reno.
Benson not great in rehab start
(5/30/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson (shoulder) allowed four runs -- two earned -- on six hits over four innings Saturday as he made his first Triple-A rehab appearance. He struck out three and walked one.
Benson still feeling discomfort
(5/27/2010) The Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson felt soreness and discomfort in his shoulder/pectoral area after his first Triple-A rehab outing on Monday. "This is just lingering tightness, just a little tenderness," he said.
Benson won't return without results
(5/26/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson (shoulder), who allowed six runs on seven hits in two innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A Reno on Monday, will need to step up his performance if he hopes to regain a spot in the team's starting rotation, according to MLB.com. "It didn't go great," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "[Benson fought] a little bit of rust and didn't feel like he could let it go. Obviously that [No. 5] spot has been OK for us, not great. The competition still is going on, too. So there's a health aspect to this and a performance aspect, as well." Benson will make his next rehab start for Reno on Saturday.
Benson not so great in rehab start
(5/25/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson, making his first rehab start since going on the DL with a strained shoulder, was a disaster for Triple-A Reno on Monday, allowing six runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout in two innings.
Benson to start in Triple-A on Monday
(5/22/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson (shoulder) will start on Monday for Triple-A Reno, MLB.com reports. Benson is currently on the 15-day disabled recovering from a right-shoulder strain. He took batting practice with his teammates on Saturday.
Benson pitches expended spring game
(2:10 am ET) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson, on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained shoulder, pitched three innings during an extended spring training game on Wednesday, according to MLB.com. He threw 43 pitches, leaving manager A.J. Hinch pleased with his progress. "It went well," Hinch said. The team is undecided as to whether Benson will need another outing before beginning his Triple-A rehab assignment.
Benson to throw in extended spring
(5/16/2010) According to MLB.com, Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 45-50 pitches Wednesday in an extended spring game in Tucson, Ariz. He has been on the disabled list since April 28. Five days after his Wednesday outing, Benson will join one of Arizona's minor league affiliates for a rehab start.
No setbacks for Benson
(5/10/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson (shoulder) has been making significant progress from his shoulder injury and is going to throw more in the near future, according to MLB.com. "We are going to take an aggressive approach," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He threw two days in a row and didn't feel any restrictions and didn't have any problems. We are going to lengthen him out [with Sunday's throwing session]." Benson will continue to throw bullpen sessions to strengthen his shoulder. "If he is going to travel with us [next weekend], it will be with the intention of him doing some work off the mound," Hinch said. "Hopefully it is quick. It will take a rehab assignment [before he is activated], but not if he is going to have to throw three, four or five bullpen sessions before getting into competition."
Good injury news for Benson
(4/30/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson, who was removed from his start Wednesday after two innings with a sore shoulder, could start throwing next week after an MRI revealed no structural damage. Manager A.J. Hinch remarked that the injury is "hopefully not as bad as it could have been." Benson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday and was replaced in the rotation by Kevin Mulvey.
Benson placed on 15-day DL
(4/29/2010) The Diamondbacks placed starting pitcher Kris Benson (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. He allowed four runs on four hits in two innings before leaving Wednesday's start with a sore shoulder.
Benson injured, likely to go on DL
(4/28/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson, who had quality starts in each of his first two appearances, looked more like the pitcher who posted an 8.46 ERA for the Rangers last year when he faced the Rockies at Colorado on Wednesday. He allowed four runs on four hits in two innings before leaving the game with a sore shoulder, walking two and striking out two. He didn't factor in the decision. Manager A.J. Hinch said Benson likely is headed for the disabled list. "He's sore. It may be something that needs a couple weeks," Hinch said. "We're going to have to try to find some arms."
Benson yanked with sore shoulder
(4/28/2010) Arizona right-hander Kris Benson was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Rockies after two innings because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. Benson allowed four runs and four hits in the abbreviated start, his third of the season for the Rockies. He began the year at Triple-A Reno after signing a minor league free agent deal with the Diamondbacks in March. The Diamondbacks are Benson's third team in the last three seasons. He missed all of the 2007 season after undergoing rotator cuff surgery and a procedure on his elbow in the spring of that year while with the Orioles. With the Rangers last year, he split time between the rotation and the bullpen in between a stint on the DL for right elbow tendinitis.
Benson keeping himself in games
(4/24/2010)Kris Benson threw six-plus strong innings for the Diamondbacks, who won for the second time in three games during a 7-4 victory against Philadelphia on Friday. Benson (1-1) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits with five strikeouts. He didn't issue a walk as four homers from Arizona backed the right-handed veteran.
Benson to get another start
(4/18/2010) Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said Kris Benson pitched well enough in Saturday's 5-0 loss to San Diego to earn the start on Friday night against Philadelphia. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Reno and made just his third big league start since 2006, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings.
(4/18/2010) Diamondbacks SP Kris Benson gave up two runs on six hits over six innings on Saturday against the Padres. The only runs Benson gave up came in the first, when Jerry Hairston Jr. scored on a double play ground out, and in the fourth when Nick Hundley hit a solo home run. Benson also had four walks and struck out one while earning the loss. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Phillies.
Benson to start Saturday vs. Padres
(4/15/2010) The Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks RP Kris Benson will be called up to start Saturday's game against the Padres.
Benson could join Snakes' rotation
(4/11/2010) According to FoxSports Arizona, Kris Benson has the best shot of three candidates to become the Diamondbacks' fifth starter. Arizona would need a No. 5 starter for the first time April 17 at San Diego. The other likely candidates are Kevin Mulvey and Billy Buckner.
Benson vs. Buckner for April 17 start
(4/5/2010) From The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Kris Benson started the D-Backs' final spring training game in Tucson on March 31 and appears to be the top candidate to make their April 17 start in San Diego, the first time the D-backs will need a fifth starter. RHP Billy Buckner, who will begin the season at Triple-A Reno, also is an option. The D-Backs signed Benson days after it became apparent RHP Brandon Webb would need a longer recovery time than projected. They broke camp with eight relievers and four starters.
Benson makes first spring start
(3/31/2010) Arizona hurler Kris Benson made his first big league start of the spring, trying to find a way into the Diamondbacks' rotation after making only two starts in the last three major league seasons, Wednesday against the Rockies. The 35-year-old Benson, a first-round draft choice of Pittsburgh in 1996, signed a minor-league contract with Arizona on March 17, and after pitching in a minor league game for the Diamondbacks last week, appeared in his first big-league game of the spring against the Rockies. "I didn't enjoy the outcome as much as I enjoyed being out there," said Benson, who is 69-74 with a 4.41 ERA during a big-league career that included time with the Pirates, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. "I felt all right. It was not great stuff, but it was better than the last outing. I am still building my pitch count."
Benson pitches to minor leaguers
(3/26/2010) Diamondbacks right-hander Kris Benson threw against Rockies minor leaguers on Friday. He allowed two runs and four hits -- including two doubles -- struck out three and walked three in five innings.
D-Backs finalize deal with Benson
(3/17/2010) The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with pitcher Kris Benson on a minor league contract Wednesday. The right-hander has compiled a 69-74 record with a 4.41 ERA over eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. The Pirates selected him No. 1 overall in the 1996 first-year player draft. Benson missed the entire 2007 season after having rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder. He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in February 2008 and went 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Benson was on the Rangers' 2009 opening day roster as a starter. After a short stint on the DL, he went to the bullpen and was 1-1 with an 8.46 ERA in eight games.
Diamondbacks take shot with Benson
(3/15/2010) SI.com reports that the Diamondbacks have signed SP Kris Benson to a minor league deal.
Benson to talk with Nats
(2/12/2010) The agent for free agent RP Kris Benson is scheduled to meet with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo next week, according to MASN. In eight appearances with Texas last season, Benson made two starts, finishing 1-1 with an 8.46 ERA.
Benson on DL in minors
(6/15/2009)The Sports Xchange notes that Rangers RHP Kris Benson, who was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, has been placed on the DL before ever making an appearance in the minors. Benson complained of some scar tissue-related elbow soreness after clearing waivers.
Benson outrighted to Triple-A
(6/9/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Kris Benson was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday. Manager Ron Washington said Benson has agreed to go to Triple-A and join the rotation.
Benson or Mathis could be out soon
(6/8/2009) From The Sports Xchange: The Rangers will likely have to make a decision this week when Matt Harrison returns to the rotation from the DL. The team could then slide Derek Holland into long relief and that would leave them with a decision to make about either Kris Benson or Doug Mathis, who could be optioned to the minors.
Benson struggling in relief
(5/26/2009)The Sports Xchange notes that reliever Kris Benson allowed six hits and four runs in three innings Monday against the Yankees. In three relief outings since moving to the role May 7, he's compiled a 7.71 ERA and allowed opponents a .375 batting average.
Benson transitions to relief
(3:58 pm ET) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Kris Benson appeared in Tuesday's game and pitched a scoreless eighth inning in just the second relief appearance of his career. Benson needed just 10 pitches to work through the inning.
Benson activated to be reliever
(5/6/2009) The Texas Rangers have reinstated right-hander Kris Benson from the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday night's game against the Athletics. Benson, who began the season in the starting rotation, will pitch out of the bullpen for the time being.
Benson to be activated Wednesday
(5/6/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers SP Kris Benson will be activated from the 15-day DL Wednesday. SP Luis Mendoza will be sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room.
Benson goes 62 pitches in rehab start
(5/3/2009) Rangers right-hander Kris Benson allowed three runs over five innings Sunday in the first of his two scheduled rehab starts for Double-A Frisco. Benson, recovering from right elbow tendinitis, lost to Corpus Christi and Brandon Backe, the Astros right-hander also making a rehab start. Backe allowed two hits over five scoreless innings in Corpus Christi's 4-0 victory. Backe, on the DL all season with a strained left rib cage muscle, threw 72 pitches (48 strikes) in the second of his five scheduled rehab starts. Benson, placed on the DL on April 22 after going 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts for Texas, threw 44 of 62 pitches for strikes. He made the Rangers' roster in spring training after not pitching in the majors since 2006 following elbow ligament replacement surgery. Benson and Backe have pitched in a combined 17 major league seasons, but have never started against each other in a big league game.
Benson ready for rehab start
(4/30/2009) Rangers RHP Kris Benson, on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow, threw on the side Thursday without problems and will make a rehab start Sunday at Double-A Frisco.
Benson to throw bullpen session
(4/30/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that right-hander Kris Benson, who is on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis, will throw another bullpen session Thursday. Benson is eligible to return Friday.
Benson due for bullpen session soon
(4/27/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Kris Benson, on the DL with elbow tendinitis, will play long-toss Monday and will try to throw in the bullpen either Tuesday or Wednesday. It appears he will miss at least one more week with the injury. In his place, RHP Scott Feldman went five innings Saturday for his first win of the season.
Benson exam reveals no damage
(4/25/2009) The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that an exam on Kris Benson's right elbow revealed no structural damage, and the right-hander said he should be ready to return to game action as soon as he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Benson back on disabled list
(4/22/2009) Texas pitcher Kris Benson found himself in a familiar place Wednesday when the Rangers put him on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his right elbow. Benson is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts after being out of the majors since 2006. The move was retroactive to April 16. Benson was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday at Toronto but was pushed back three days because of pain in his elbow. The Rangers decided to put him on the DL after he still felt sore during a bullpen session Wednesday morning. He will return to Texas to be examined by team doctors, then rejoin the team in Baltimore. Right-hander Scott Feldman will start in Benson's place Saturday.
Benson pushed back to Saturday
(4/20/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers SP Kris Benson, who was scheduled to start against Toronto on Wednesday, has some elbow tendinitis and will now start Saturday against his former team, the Orioles, instead of Wednesday against Toronto. GM Jon Daniels said he's not worried about Benson's injury. The Rangers will just move their starters up with Monday's off day.
Benson shaky through six, but wins
(4/16/2009) Against the Orioles on Wednesday, Rangers SP Kris Benson, who missed the last two seasons after surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff, picked up his first victory since Sept. 21, 2006. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, walking three and striking out two.
Benson disappoints in first start back
(4/10/2009) Rangers SP Kris Benson, making his first regular season start since 2006, allowed eight runs -- seven of them earned -- on 10 hits over five innings, as he dropped to 0-1 in a 15-2 loss to the Tigers on Friday. Benson walked two and struck out three.
(4/4/2009) Texas SP Kris Benson appears ready to make his long awaited return to the big leagues. Benson made his final exhibition start Saturday and pitched five innings in the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Royals. Benson allowed three runs, one earned, and struck out five in the final exhibition game for the Rangers. "Everything felt good," Benson said. "Everything is where I need it to be. I want to keep this consistency going through the season."
Benson makes Rangers rotation
(4/1/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers SP Kris Benson has made the Texas rotation.
Benson looks likely for fifth spot
(3/31/2009) Rangers SP Kris Benson believes he has done enough to nail down the final spot in Texas' rotation, and manager Ron Washington agrees. "He's one of mine," Washington said when asked if Benson is one of the Rangers' five best starters. "It's more than me making the decision." Benson pitched six strong innings against the Giants on Monday, giving up three runs and six hits with two strikeouts and zero walks. Benson, who has a 4.76 ERA in 17 innings this spring, hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2006 after rotator cuff surgery. "I feel like every time I step on the mound and face hitters it's an audition," said Benson, who missed the 2007 season, pitched 11 Triple-A games last year and signed a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. "I've done everything they've asked me to do. I've built my pitch count up to 100. I've made my starts. My velocity is getting up there. I can't do much more. It's up to them."
Big start coming Monday for Benson
(3/29/2009) MLB.com reports that Rangers SP Kris Benson will start Monday for Texas instead of Vicente Padilla, as Benson tries to show he deserves to be the fifth starter. "It's an interesting start," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "Everybody is honing their craft and showing what they can do."
Benson to make Texas rotation?
(3/27/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers SP Kris Benson has a shot at making the rotation. "It's a possibility," manager Washington said. "He's certainly throwing the ball well. Anything's possible. He's healthy. We've certainly got tough decisions to make, and I love that. The past two years we were hoping to be in this position."
Benson settles down after the first
(3/19/2009) Rangers SP Kris Benson faced 10 batters in the first inning Thursday against the Athletics, allowing four runs and four hits. He also walked one and hit two batters with pitches. But the right-hander settled down from there and lasted four innings, giving up only a single the rest of the way. He also recorded two strikeouts. "He got the ball up in the first inning, and they whacked him around," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We weren't sure he was going to get out of the first inning, and he ended up giving us his four innings. That was a great recovery."
Benson fights off back strain
(3/5/2009) Texas SP Kris Benson was able to return to action on Thursday against the Padres as he battled a back strain. He tossed two innings, allowing a hit and a walk, striking out one batter. The performance lowered his spring ERA to 2.25.
Benson has back strain
(3/2/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers SP Kris Benson has been scratched from his scheduled spring appearance Monday with a strained muscle in his back.
Benson feels 'great' after start
(2/26/2009) Rangers SP Kris Benson, out of the majors since 2006, allowed one run on two hits and one walk in two crisp innings Wednesday against the Royals. "I felt great. I haven't felt this good in three years," Benson said. "My velocity is getting up there where it used to be. I feel really comfortable."
Benson will get a look right away
(2/24/2009) The Rangers said SP Kris Benson, signed to a minor-league contract on Saturday, will start against the Royals on Wednesday instead of left-hander Matt Harrison. The 34-year-old Benson has not pitched in the major leagues since 2006 and was 1-4 in 11 starts for the Phillies' Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley last season before he was released in August.
Benson signed by Rangers
(2/21/2009) Right-hander Kris Benson, the first pick in the 1996 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, signed a minor league contract Saturday with the Texas Rangers. Benson reported to camp as a non-roster invitee. The Rangers, who are looking to add depth to their rotation, worked out Benson earlier in the week.
Benson set to throw for scouts
(1/23/2009) ESPN reports that free agent SP Kris Benson will throw for scouts this weekend in Arizona.
Phillies grant Benson his release
(8/31/2008) The Phillies released Kris Benson from the minor leagues Saturday.
Eaton, Benson likely Sept. call-ups
(8/27/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Adam Eaton is expected to return to the Phillies on Monday after roster expand. Eaton, who is owed $8.5 million next season, is 0-4 with a 7.42 ERA in six starts since he accepted a minor league assignment in late July. Eaton will serve primarily as a long reliever. RHP Kris Benson, also likely to get called up, is another long-relief option, even though he said two weeks ago that he would need too much time to warm up to be effective in a relief role.
Benson's streak hits a snag
(8/19/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Kris Benson, attempting to return to the majors after March 2007 shoulder surgery, allowed five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings Sunday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It marked the first time in five starts that Benson had allowed more than three earned runs in a start. He also had lasted seven innings in three of his previous four starts.
Quality Benson pitches for Sept. call
(8/7/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Kris Benson recorded his fourth consecutive quality start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Benson allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and didn't walk a batter over six innings but didn't get a decision at Rochester. Benson is attempting to pitch his way back to the majors after undergoing shoulder surgery in March 2007. If he continues to have success in the minors, it is likely he will be added to the Phillies' roster in September.
Benson continues rehab in Triple-A
(6/30/2008) The Philadelphia Daily News reports that SP Kris Benson threw 73 pitches (49 for strikes) in four innings Sunday as he continued his rehab from shoulder surgery with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He gave up four runs on five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out one.
Benson shelled at Single-A
(6/27/2008) According to The Sports Xchange, Phillies RHP Kris Benson, attempting to return to the majors after shoulder surgery in March 2007, will continue his rehabilitation Sunday with Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Benson, 33, is expected to throw five innings or 80 pitches Sunday.
Benson unimpressive in rehab debut
(6/20/2008) Philadelphia RHP Kris Benson made his long-awaited rehab debut Thursday, pitching for Class A Clearwater, according to the Sports Xchange. The results weren't impressive, however. He allowed five runs on three hits -- all home runs -- in two innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Benson to start Thursday in Class A
(6/18/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Kris Benson is slated to make his once-delayed first minor league start Thursday night for Class A Clearwater. Benson's last attempt to pitch in the minors was ditched June 2 when he experienced biceps soreness before the game.
Benson scratched from Class A start
(6/2/2008)Kris Benson was scratched from his rehab start for the Philadelphia Phillies' Single-A affiliate Monday night because of tightness and soreness in his right biceps. Benson is trying to return from rotator cuff surgery on his throwing shoulder. The 33-year-old right-hander signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in February, joining his fourth team in five years. "I don't think it's anything like what it was before, but it's a concern for him not to pitch," assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He didn't feel comfortable pitching. He tested it this morning and didn't feel comfortable posting up."
Benson makes Class A start June 1?
(5/28/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Kris Benson is nearing a significant step in his comeback from right shoulder surgery 15 months ago. Benson, who signed a minor league contract with the Phillies in February, yielded one run in four innings and touched 90 mph on the radar gun Tuesday in an extended spring training start. And if his shoulder and strained groin don't flare this week, he'll make his first minor league start Sunday for Class A Clearwater. "He progressed well," assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said after Benson threw 75 pitches and his fastball ranged from 86 to 90 mph, up from 87 mph in his last start. "It was encouraging for him, and it was encouraging for us."
Benson throws 75 pitches in outing
(5/27/2008) Four of Jorge Posada's at-bats came against injured Phillies pitcher Kris Benson, who has a strained groin. Posada went 2-for-4 with a double that went off the right-field fence. "He was around the plate, and you get some at-bats," Posada said of facing a major league pitcher. Benson gave up two runs and five hits in four-plus innings. He struck out four and walked one during his 75-pitch outing.
Benson makes extended spring start
(5/23/2008)The Sports Xchange notes that Kris Benson threw 58 pitches in four innings of an extended spring training game against the Rays in Clearwater, Fla. on Thursday. Team officials said Benson's fastball topped out at 87 mph.
Benson to make extended spring start
(5/21/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Kris Benson (right rotator cuff surgery in March 2007) had a setback late in spring training and was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis. His first start in extended spring training April 26 was cut short due to a strained right groin. He is scheduled for a May 22 start in extended spring training. If that goes well, he will make another extended spring start May 27.
(5/18/2008) Phillies SP Kris Benson pitched a simulated game Saturday in Clearwater, Fla. It was Benson's first action since a groin injury delayed his recovery from rotator cuff surgery on his throwing shoulder.
Benson back playing long-toss
(5/6/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Phillies SP Kris Benson has resumed playing long-toss but there's no timetable for him to return to the mound, assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Benson, who is attempting to come back from right rotator cuff surgery in March 2007, strained his groin during a start in extended spring training two weeks ago. The Phillies signed Benson to a minor-league contract in February.
No timetable for day-to-day Benson
(4/29/2008) The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Kris Benson is day-to-day with a strained groin and rhere is no definite timetable on his Kris Benson's recovery. Benson, who can opt out of his contract May 15 if he pitches at least 10 minor league innings or June 1 if he doesn't, has not had an MRI on the groin and hopes it will heal on its own.
Benson injures groin in Florida
(4/27/2008) The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Phillies SP Kris Benson strained his right groin during an extended spring-training start on Saturday and had to leave the game.
Benson close to being ready
(4/11/2008) The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that RHP Kris Benson continues to throw off the mound in Clearwater, Fla., and is closer to pitching in a minor-league game -- perhaps in a couple of weeks.
Benson to throw bullpen session
(4/7/2008) The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Kris Benson (biceps tendinitis, shoulder surgery) will throw a bullpen session Monday, then another one later this week as he gets close to seeing some game action.
(3/26/2008) MLB.com reports injured Phillies SP Kris Benson (shoulder) wasn't added to the 40-man roster Tuesday as stipulated in his contract, but the right-hander didn't opt out of the minor league deal to become a free agent. Instead, his agent Gregg Clifton was able to extend the deadline to May 1 or May 15, buying each side more time to gauge Benson's recovery from shoulder surgery. "I'm happy here," Benson said. "I'm feeling good with the clubhouse, the pitching coach and the manager. The winning attitude here, the excitement going into the season, it's a win-win situation from my standpoint. From their standpoint, they have another starting pitcher they can count on down the road."
Phils GM silent on Benson topic
(3/25/2008) Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. wouldn't comment Tuesday on SP Kris Benson's contract situation. The deadline to put Benson on the 40-man roster was Tuesday. When it passes, Benson has 24 hours to opt out of his minor league contract and become a free agent. Benson sat out last year following shoulder surgery. Amaro said Benson could be ready by late May or early June. "He has to build up innings and arm strength," Amaro said. "He has a ways to go."
Benson might not pitch until May
(3/24/2008) Phillies SP Kris Benson (biceps tendinitis) played catch Saturday and saw team physician Michael Ciccotti, who didn't find structural damage to Benson's surgically repaired rotator cuff, according to The Sports Xchange. Benson, who signed a minor-league contract last month to add depth to the Phillies' rotation, was shut down from throwing March 17. He began playing catch Friday. Trainer Scott Sheridan labeled the setback a "normal bump in the road that happens with this type of rehab."
Benson throws on consecutive days
(3/22/2008) Phillies SP Kris Benson, coming off rotator cuff surgery, played catch for the second straight day Saturday after four days of inactivity, according to MLB.com. He will do so again Sunday before having an evaluation. "There's no new news," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's progressing. He's better than he was the past few days. This is normal as far as guys coming off major surgery."
Benson has minor setback
(3/18/2008) The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Kris Benson has soreness in his arm that prevented him from pitching a minor-league start Tuesday. He's expected to start the season in the minors for the Phillies. He thinks this setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery will push him about a week behind schedule. "I've been through ups and downs with this whole thing," said Benson. "This is minor compared to the other times that I've had some issues."
Benson pitches against minor leaguers
(3/13/2008) Phillies SP Kris Benson, who had surgery on his rotator cuff last March, pitched in a minor league game on Thursday. He lasted four innings, threw 58 pitches and gave up two runs.
Dubee has high marks for Benson
(3/10/2008) MLB.com reports Phillies SP Kris Benson (shoulder) had a bullpen session Monday in front of pitching coach Rich Dubee. It came on the heels of a minor league outing Saturday. "He threw very well," Dubee said. "Coming off his first game competition, I thought his arm looked great. He had command of all his stuff. It was a very good workout for Kris. He's pretty much where we thought and hoped he would be. The arm strength continues to build. Things are coming together for him." Benson's next appearance will come in another minor league game Thursday.
Benson excited to face live batters
(3/5/2008) MLB.com reports Phillies SP Kris Benson's long road back to the majors will begin Saturday when he is scheduled to start a minor league game. It will be his first live action in more than a year. "It's going to be fun," said Benson, who last pitched in the majors on Sept. 27, 2006, as a member of the Orioles. "It'll be one step closer to putting me in good position for March." Benson, who will opposes Jamie Moyer in the game, is scheduled to toss 45 pitches over three innings. "It's something where he's at a stage he can see hitters in a game situation," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He actually wants to do it, which is a good sign."
Benson works on throwing curveball
(2/26/2008)The Sports Xchange reports SP Kris Benson threw a curveball for the first time in three years Feb. 24 during his third bullpen session since signing a minor league contract with the Phillies earlier this month. Benson, who missed last season while recovering from shoulder surgery, uncorked about 10 curveballs, a pitch he scrapped for a cutter in 2005 at the suggestion of New York Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson. "The more I thought about it, I realized the games were so much harder without the curveball," Benson said. "It's never been my strikeout pitch. But it sets up everything else because otherwise guys are just geared up for the hard stuff. I just didn't feel like I had as many weapons as I used to. Bringing it back will definitely help."
Benson throws Saturday
(2/18/2008) The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Kris Benson threw 60 pitches Feb. 16 after arriving in the Phillies' spring training camp. Benson, 33, signed a minor league contract last week to compete for a spot in the Phillies' rotation. He can exercise an out clause if he isn't added to the 25-man roster by March 25, but Benson said he would be willing to open the season in the minors if his surgically repaired right shoulder won't allow him to pitch in the majors by the start of the season.
Phils take minor chance on Benson
(2/13/2008)Kris Benson agreed to terms Wednesday on a minor-league contract with the Phillies after missing last season following shoulder surgery. The right-hander will head to spring training with a chance to compete with Adam Eaton, J.D. Durbin and Chad Durbin for a spot at the end of the Phillies rotation. The contract is contingent on Benson passing a physical. The former first overall pick has a 68-73 career record with a 4.34 ERA in 195 starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mets and the Orioles.
Phillies still interested in Benson
(2/8/2008) The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies appear to be more interested in signing Kris Benson than they are letting on. He threw privately for scout Chuck LaMar twice in the past week. "We have interest," assistant general manager Ruben Amaro said Thursday. "We're talking to his agent."
O's decline option on FA SP Benson
(11/1/2007) The Orioles cut ties with Kris Benson on Thursday, declining their $7.5 million option on the right-hander and making him eligible to become a free agent. He receives a $500,000 buyout. In seven major league seasons for the Pirates, Mets and Orioles, Benson is 68-73 with a 4.34 ERA.
O's bring Benson off 60-day DL
(10/24/2007) The Orioles selected the contracts of RHP Fredy Deza and RHP Bob McCrory from Double-A Bowie; Activated LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Kris Benson, OF Jay Gibbons, LHP Adam Loewen and RHP Chris Ray from the 60-day DL.
Benson officially put on 60-day DL
(3/25/2007) The Orioles have transferred RHP Kris Benson to the 60-day DL. He is out for the season after surgery on his torn labrum.
Benson out for the season
(3/15/2007) The Baltimore Sun reports Orioles SP Kris Benson (shoulder) is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery to repair his partially torn right rotator cuff. "Kris had tried everything to avoid this day," Gregg Clifton, Benson's agent, said. "However, despite his best efforts, the consensus among doctors and training staff is that surgery is the best alternative to allow him to perform at the level that he is accustomed to performing at." The surgery will likely be performed by Dr. David Altchek, the Mets medical director.
Benson has setback in rehab
(3/7/2007) Kris Benson is experiencing increased soreness in his right shoulder, a development that means he might still need surgery on his torn rotator cuff. "I had a rough couple days," Benson said Wednesday. "I don't know if it's just a little bump that I'm going through or what, but the last couple days have been pretty sore. ... Whenever it gets flared up like it is, it's tough to get that range of motion." He was working two hours daily with trainer Richie Bancells before taking a day off Sunday. "When I came back the next day it was sore and I didn't really do anything at all," he said. "It was kind of reminiscent of the time that I did it when I was throwing. I didn't really do anything different, it just kind of popped up out of nowhere. And then once again (Monday) it just popped up out of nowhere. It's just tough to tell what's going on with it."
Benson already feels progress
(2/28/2007) According to the team's official Web site, Orioles SP Kris Benson is just a few days into his four-week rehabilitation program on a partially torn right rotator cuff, but the veteran pitcher said he can already feel a difference in his pitching shoulder. He said he can feel the range of motion and strength in his shoulder slowy building. However, he still feels pain in the front of the shoulder, and if the pain isn't gone at the end of the rehab, he might opt for season-ending surgery. "The goal is to pitch with no pain," Benson said. "If I'm pitching with pain, then I really didn't address the issue. Then it'd be a matter of time before it pops up again. Once I do start throwing, if there's still pain, then it's going to get worse, because the reason why it's hurting is because everything is jammed inside the cuff. The strength and the mobility is a good thing, but the pain is the ultimate issue to address."
(2/21/2007) Orioles pitcher Kris Benson is trying to avoid surgery on his injured right shoulder with aggressive rehab. Following the advice of two of the three medical experts he consulted, Benson will start a program geared toward easing the pain from a torn rotator cuff. If successful, it would allow him to pitch this season. "It's sore in certain spots, certain angles, certain positions I put my arm in," Benson said. "It's not like I walk around and I'm hurting all around. It's just a matter of baseball activities are a little bit of a problem." The decision was made after Dr. James Andrews examined Benson's shoulder Monday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala. and recommended he delay surgery. It was the same suggestion made by Orioles orthopedic specialist Dr. Andrew Cosgarea, but later contradicted by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek.
Benson might consider just rehab
(2/20/2007) The Baltimore Sun reported Kris Benson is weighing a third opinion on his shoulder that might suggest he will forgo surgery and merely rehab his shoulder instead. That would help him avoid missing the entire season.
Agent: Benson leaning toward surgery
(2/14/2007) According to the team's official site, injured Orioles SP Kris Benson is "absolutely" leaning toward surgery on his partially torn rotator cuff, according to his agent Gregg Clifton. Benson is currently in the process of a seeking a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, a renowned orthopedic surgeon who has operated on Benson in the past. There was some initial confusion over whether the pitcher's first two diagnoses aligned with each other, but Clifton said that Baltimore's team doctors and an independent physician both found a tear. Benson met with Dr. David Altchek, the Mets' team physician, at the end of last week. "The diagnosis was very clear from Dr. Altchek's opinion. It's clear that he needs surgery," Clifton said. "Both doctors said there's a tear, and once you have a tear, it's dependent on where the tear is and how severe it is."
Benson likely to have surgery
(2/13/2007) Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will probably miss the entire 2007 season. The injury will require surgery, but the procedure has not yet been scheduled. Orioles executive VP Mike Flanagan did not concede losing Benson for the season, saying only he expects the right-hander to be sidelined "at least a couple of months. We won't have him on opening day, that's for sure." Rotator cuff tears usually require between eight to 12 months of rehabilitation for pitchers. But Clifton did not rule out the possibility of Benson pitching in 2007. "No one can accurately predict the duration of recovery. I'm not a doctor," he said. "It's not what I think or what Kris thinks. It's what the doctors think."
O's Benson likely out for year
(2/12/2007) Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will almost certainly miss the 2007 season. A recent MRI exam revealed a partial tear, Benson's agent, Gregg Clifton said Monday. The injury will require surgery, but the procedure has not yet been scheduled. "We'd like to get it done as soon as possible so we can start the recovery process," Clifton said. Rotator cuff tears usually require between eight to 12 months of rehabilitation for pitchers. But Clifton did not rule out the possibility of Benson pitching in 2007. "No one can accurately predict the duration of recovery. I'm not a doctor," he said. "It's not what I think or what Kris thinks. It's what the doctors think."
Report: O's Benson out for season
(2/12/2007) FoxSports.com is reporting Kris Benson has a partially torn labrum that was discovered during offseason workouts and he will miss the entire season. Hayden Penn's chances of making the rotation significantly increase, but the O's could sign free agent Steve Trachsel or Mark Redman to plug the gap.
O's pen to help out Benson
(2/6/2007) Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone pointed out after the 2006 season ended that when the Orioles won the starting pitchers had a 3.02 ERA, but when they lost that ballooned to an embarrassing 7.20. "We either dominated or we got blown out." Another negative factor last season was the bullpen, which finished 13th in the league with a 5.25 ERA to go with a 19-25 record and 21 blown saves. Only two pitchers from last year's group of relievers are back for 2007."We have a chance to have an outstanding bullpen -- the organization has done a great job in shoring that position up," Mazzone said. "A lot of them have pitched the eighth inning and closed, but don't forget, we have Chris Ray down there as the backbone of the bullpen."
Benson goes eight innings for win
(9/21/2006) Kris Benson (11-11) allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings for the Orioles Friday. He walked off the mound with Baltimore trailing by a run, but ended up earning his first win since Aug. 18. He struck out four and walked two.
Benson loses complete game
(9/16/2006) Kris Benson (10-11) lost despite pitching a complete game on Saturday at Detroit. He gave up seven hits, and remained winless in four starts.
Benson takes mound on Saturday
(9/16/2006) Orioles SP Kris Benson (throat) took the mound Saturday at Detroit.
Benson wants to return to O's
(9/14/2006) Kris Benson intends to talk the Baltimore Orioles' front office during the offseason before making a decision on returning to the team in 2007. Benson was traded from the New York Mets in January. Because he has at least five years of major league experience and was dealt in the middle of a multiyear pact, he has the right to request a trade during the upcoming offseason. The right-hander signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract with New York before the 2005 season. The deal also included a $7.5 million club option for 2008. "As far as my future with the team, right now I'm returning," Benson said Thursday. "As far as any other turn of events, that's just going to have to wait until the offseason."
Benson status update Wednesday
(9/13/2006) RHP Kris Benson, who missed Monday's scheduled start with strep throat, played catch in the outfield Tuesday and will throw on the side Wednesday before determining when he can return.
Benson misses start due to strep
(9/11/2006) Orioles right-hander Kris Benson was scratched from his start Monday night against the Yankees because of strep throat. Rodrigo Lopez, who lost his spot in Baltimore's rotation last week, replaced Benson. Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said Benson was sent home after arriving at the ballpark because of the risk the infection might spread. "Evidently he had a sore throat a little bit (Sunday), but nothing severe," Perlozzo said. "He woke up this morning and I guess wasn't feeling very good, so he went to the doctor."
Lopez in for Benson on Monday?
(9/11/2006) There are reports out of Baltimore the Orioles are slotting Rodrigo Lopez in for a start in place of Kris Benson on Monday night. We're not sure if Benson is getting pulled for some reason or whether he's merely sliding back a day. Baltimore has a seven-game week, so Benson could still get two starts if he's moved back to Tuesday. But Daniel Cabrera's two-start week could be affected now, too.
Benson solid in no-decision
(9/6/2006) Kris Benson gave up two runs on nine hits in eight innings, struck out five and walked three in a no-decision on Tuesday against the Angels.
Benson settles for no-decision
(8/31/2006) Orioles starter Kris Benson pitched seven strong innings Wednesday, allowing two runs and five hits, and handed a 4-2 lead to his bullpen. But the Rangers rallied to tie it at 4 with a two-run eighth and Benson settled for a no-decision.
Kris Benson allows six runs
(8/24/2006) Kris Benson allowed six runs on 10 hits with no strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings on Thursday against Minnesota.
Kris Benson earns win No. 10
(8/18/2006) When he earned his ninth win on June 28, Kris Benson figured he wouldn't have to wait too long before he reached double digits in victories for the fourth time in his career. Fifty-one days later, Benson finally got win No. 10. "It seemed like an eternity," the right-hander said Friday night after throwing seven innings to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2. Benson (10-9) was 0-4 in his previous six starts, even though he gave up three earned runs or fewer in half those appearances. "I had a couple chances to get one, but it slipped away," he said. "Now I just need two more to get a career high." Benson gave up two runs and six hits, striking out five and walking none to improve to 4-1 against Toronto this year. "There are just some teams that you perform well against and some you don't. This year, they're just one of those teams I've thrown well against," he said. "I know how they swing the bats, so I prepared myself well going into each start against these guys."
Benson activated, makes start
(8/12/2006) Kris Benson (elbow) made his first start since going on the disabled list July 26 with tendinitis in his right elbow. He allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out one in five innings. He did not factor in the final decision on Saturday.
Benson ready for Saturday return
(8/9/2006) The O's list their weekend starters at Boston as Adam Loewen, Kris Benson (elbow) and Daniel Cabrera.
Benson may return next weekend
(8/6/2006) The O's rotation is in a state of flux with Kris Benson (elbow) possibly ready to return next weekend. Erik Bedard (shoulder) probably will move back to Wednesday, while Daniel Cabrera is tentatively scheduled to return Tuesday. Russ Ortiz is the probable starter for Monday and could be a two-start option for deeper AL-only leagues if Benson cannot return over the weekend.
Benson placed on 15-day DL
(8/4/2006) The Baltimore Orioles placed Kris Benson (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list on Friday due to tendinitis in his right elbow.
Benson throws again Wednesday
(8/3/2006) RHP Kris Benson threw on the side Wednesday after received a cortisone shot in his ailing right elbow. The team will decide on Friday whether to put him on the DL; he hasn't pitched since July 25.
Kris Benson still hurting
(8/2/2006) Kris Benson experienced a setback in his effort to rebound from tendinitis in his right elbow, leaving open the possibility the right-hander could be headed for the 15-day disabled list. After missing his scheduled start Sunday, Benson hoped to return to pitch against the New York Yankees on Sunday. That won't happen, because he experienced pain in his elbow when he threw on the side Tuesday. "It didn't go as good as he had hoped," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. Benson consulted with a team doctor before Baltimore faced Seattle on Wednesday and received a cortisone shot. He then threw on the side before without much discomfort, according to Perlozzo, who will decide Friday whether to put the pitcher on the disabled list. Benson last pitched on July 25, so if he goes on the DL, he could not return until Aug. 10.
Benson out for Sunday's start
(7/29/2006) The Baltimore Sun reports Kris Benson (elbow) will miss at least his next start on Sunday against the White Sox. An MRI on Thursday revealed tendinitis in his sore right elbow.
(7/27/2006) Kris Benson is still penciled in to start Sunday after a preliminary exam of his sore elbow on Thursday in Baltimore, but that is subject to change. "The clinical exam went relatively smooth," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "
Benson to have elbow examined
(7/26/2006) Orioles right-hander Kris Benson returned to Baltimore on Wednesday to have his sore elbow examined. Benson is 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA in five starts this month. "Kris has complained a little bit about his elbow hurting the last couple of months," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "We've got him in Baltimore right now as a precautionary measure just to make sure that it's nothing more than a little inflammation. We just want to see what's up, where's he's at. He says he's had it every year, but has been managing it pretty well. He complained a little bit last night so we thought we would err on the side of caution and just get it checked out. We feel like it's just minor tendinitis that hasn't been allowed to totally calm down."
Benson has no masterpiece vs. K.C.
(7/26/2006) Kris Benson allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in just six innings on Tuesday at Kansas City. He also walked three batters and struck out two, but he did not figure into the decision.
Benson dealt 4th straight loss
(7/19/2006) Kris Benson (9-9) gave up five runs and nine hits in losing his fourth consecutive start Wednesday. He yielded all three Oakland homers, but it was only the fourth time in 21 starts this season the right-hander allowed as many as five earned runs. "I don't think he was as sharp as he could be," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "I thought he had good life on his fastball, but his command wasn't quite there and his off-speed pitches weren't great, either."
Benson goes distance, takes L
(7/15/2006) Kris Benson allowed two earned runs, four hits and three walks in Friday's start against the Rangers. He pitched a complete game, but he took the loss due to a lack of run support. "They've got a good lineup," Benson said. "I'm just glad to start off the second half on a good note. Even though I didn't get the win, I gave us a chance."
Benson goes for 10th win
(7/14/2006) Orioles starter Kris Benson (9-7, 4.79) will start against Texas Friday. He has been roughed up in each of his last two outings, going 0-2 with a 12.38 ERA. He lasted just three innings last Friday and was tagged for seven runs and a season-high 10 hits in a 9-0 loss at Cleveland.
Kris Benson takes loss
(7/7/2006) Kris Benson took a loss on Friday in Cleveland by surrendering seven runs on 10 hit in only three innings.
Benson allows nine hits
(7/2/2006) Baltimore starter Kris Benson gave up nine hits and six runs -- four earned -- in five innings on Sunday at Atlanta. The four earned runs allowed matched the high mark allowed by Benson (9-6) since May.
Win No. 9 for Kris Benson
(6/28/2006) Kris Benson (9-5) allowed four runs and six hits in five-plus innings on Wednesday in Game2 of a doubleheader against the Phillies. The right-hander is 5-0 lifetime against Philadelphia. Benson was lifted after loading the bases in the sixth with none out and Baltimore up 9-4. Todd Williams got a force at the plate and a double play, and the first teammate to greet him in the dugout was Benson.
Bedard, Benson to start doubleheader
(6/28/2006) The Philadelphia Philiies-Baltimore Orioles contest was ranied out Tuesday and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. O's manager Sam Perlozzo said he will send Erik Bedard, who was scheduled to start on Tuesday, to the mound for the first game of the day, while Kris Benson will make his scheduled start on Wednesday in the night game.
Kris Benson gets no-decision
(6/22/2006) Kris Benson allowed only one run on six hits over eight innings in a no-decision on Thursday against the Marlins.
Benson kept on regular rest
(6/19/2006) RHP Rodrigo Lopez had his next scheduled start pushed back from Tuesday to Friday because manager Sam Perlozzo wants to keep RHP Daniel Cabrera, LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Kris Benson on their regular rest. "Everybody else but me," Lopez said. "That's his decision."
Kris Benson beats former squad
(6/17/2006) Kris Benson wouldn't lie. Pitching against the New York Mets on Saturday night was special. Hitting the first home run of his life made it even better. Benson celebrated his return to Shea Stadium throwing eight effective innings and retiring the last 15 batters he faced in the Baltimore Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Mets, the team that traded him away last January after he pleaded to stay in New York. "It's great to come back and pitch well against the last team you played for, especially with all the stuff going on," Benson said. He had suspected the Mets would be contending for a championship this season and wanted to be part of that effort. New York had other ideas, dealing him to the Orioles for pitchers Jorge Julio and John Maine. Julio has since moved on to Arizona and Maine spent six weeks on the disabled list. "It was a baseball trade," Benson said, shrugging off the deal. "I'm having a great time in Baltimore and I'm still in baseball." Still there was special satisfaction, especially with his third-inning home run, the first of his life and the first by a Baltimore pitcher since Roric Harrison hit one in 1972, the year before the designated hitter rule was adopted by the American League. "Every year, they keep moving back the fences," he said, grinning. "I'm glad to make the Orioles' record book." Manager Sam Perlozzo knew this would be an emotional start for Benson. "I talked to him yesterday," the manager said. "He still has fond memories. He still loves New York. It means a lot for him to perform well here. He's been everything we could ask for." The victory was Benson's sixth on the road this season for a team that has won just 13 games away from home all season. He did not allow a hit after the fourth inning and retired the last 15 hitters he faced. "He was on," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He threw a great ballgame. He had pretty good velocity toward the end, mixed his pitches up really well." Benson (8-5) connected against Mets starter Pedro Martinez in the third inning. Benson allowed six hits and recovered from a shaky start to pitch Baltimore to its second straight victory over New York.
Benson returns to Shea Stadium
(6/17/2006) Kris Benson, traded to Baltimore by the Mets last winter, returns to Shea Stadium and gets the Saturday night start against Pedro Martinez.
Benson knocks off Jays again
(6/13/2006) Kris Benson allowed three earned runs, five hits and three walks in six innings on Monday night against the Jays in Toronto, as he improved to 7-5. He has knocked off the Jays three times so far this season. "It's never easy facing these guys," Benson said. "I've had decent success against these guys so I really didn't want to change much. It comes down to executing pitches. They are quality hitters over there. They have the best batting average in the league."
Benson draws potent Jays again
(6/12/2006) The Blue Jays hope their offense can get the better of Kris Benson (6-5, 4.64) for the second time in six days. Control problems plagued Benson on Wednesday, as he threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and walked two others. "Command-wise, I didn't have a feel for it early on," said Benson who gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. "I had to battle to get it. ... Fortunately, it did come around."
Kris Benson falls to Toronto
(6/7/2006) Casey Janssen allowed one run in six innings to earn his fourth straight win and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Kris Benson and the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Wednesday night. The Blue Jays scored two runs off Benson with the aid of wild pitches, then added two unearned runs in the seventh against Todd Williams before Wells doubled in a ninth-inning run. Benson (6-5) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.
Kris Benson allows three runs
(6/2/2006) Kris Benson allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision on Friday vs. the Yankees.
Benson ready to face Bombers
(6/2/2006) Kris Benson (6-4, 4.80 ERA) will look to help the Orioles bounce back against the Yankees Friday. He allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings of the Orioles' 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, but did not receive a decision. "I wasn't as sharp as I normally am. But endurance-wise and stamina-wise, I was fine," Benson said.
Benson pitches on short rest
(5/29/2006) Kris Benson allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings Sunday at the L.A. Angels while working on three days' rest for the first time in 176 career starts. The right-hander left trailing 4-2, but his teammates got him off the hook by scoring four runs in the seventh to grab a 6-4 lead. "I wasn't as sharp as I normally am. But endurance-wise and stamina-wise, I was fine," Benson said.
Benson to start vs. Halos
(5/26/2006) MLB.com reports Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said Kris Benson, not John Halama or Adam Loewen, will pitch on Sunday in Los Angeles against the Angels. "We're kind of leaning toward Benson right now, unless he went out and played catch today. If he said he didn't think he'd be ready to go, we'd probably flip it back," Perlozzo said. "We really wouldn't need a fifth starter until [June 3], I think, but I'm not really sure what the date is. Maybe by that time, if we got really lucky, maybe [Daniel] Cabrera would be ready."
M's bat around on Benson
(5/25/2006) Kris Benson (6-4), acquired in January from the New York Mets in exchange for Jorge Julio, left Wednesday's start at Seattle after he allowed 11 Mariners to bat in the second inning. Six of the seven runs he allowed in his two innings were earned. He walked two and struck out three.
Benson throws complete game
(5/19/2006) Kris Benson provided plenty of thrills for those Baltimore Orioles fans who made the short drive down to D.C. Benson allowed only one run in his sixth career complete game, and Baltimore beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Friday night in the first regular-season major league game between the cities since 1971.
Benson to start vs. NL series
(5/18/2006) Kris Benson will pitch Friday against the Nationals on the first night of interleague play. He is more familiar with the Washington hitters than most American League players, since he was with the Mets in 2005.
Benson gets win No. 5
(5/13/2006) Kris Benson allowed one run in seven innings against Kansas City Saturday for his fifth win of the season. Benson (5-3) gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one. The right-hander was coming off a miserable performance in Boston, where he allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings.
(5/11/2006) Benson will be moved back a day to start on Saturday against the Royals and Mark Redman thanks to Thursday's rainout against the Tigers.
Kris Benson rocked by BoSox
(5/7/2006) Kris Benson allowed nine runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings for Baltimore on Sunday at Boston.
Kris Benson beats Jays again
(5/3/2006) Benson allowed just two earned runs, six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Blue Jays to win his third straight start. He also struck out one batter in the quality start, as he knocked off the Jays for a second straight game. "What he does is throw strikes and mix his pitches up," Toronto catcher Bengie Molina said. "That's what he does well. Any pitcher that throws strikes and hits the corners keeps you off balance."
Orioles get win from Benson
(4/28/2006) Kris Benson (3-2) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings at Toronto Thursday to get his third win in his last four starts.
Benson wins in return to N.Y.
(4/22/2006) Dealt by the Mets to Baltimore during the offseason, perhaps because of his attention-grabbing wife Anna, Benson (2-2) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. "The one game I got to pitch here last year was a lot of fun," he said. "So I knew that coming back in here was going to be exciting for me. Of course I wanted to pitch well coming back to the city."
Kris Benson loses to Angels
(4/16/2006) Orioles starter Kris Benson (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings Sunday vs. the L.A. Angels. The right-hander came in with a 1.93 ERA, but yielded at least one hit in every inning he pitched. His wife, model Anna Benson, was among the 19,904 in attendance. It was the second time she's seen Kris pitch since he came to the Orioles in an offseason trade with the New York Mets. "I was in Tampa, but it's my first time in Camden Yards," she said. "I'm just here with him. Any time he pitches, I'll be here."
Kris Benson gets first AL win
(4/12/2006) Benson allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits in seven innings on Tuesday at Tampa Bay for a quality start and a win. "He pitched great," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "For the most part he has kept the ball down. He's worked both sides of the plate. And his changeup, I don't think he had his changeup last year. It's a good pitch for him, especially against left-handed hitters. I think it's helped him a lot."
Benson overshadowed Thursday
(4/7/2006) Kris Benson struck out three and walked three while allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings on Thursday vs. Tampa bay. His quality start was overshadowed by Mark Hendrickson tossing a three-hitter.
Benson overshadowed Thursday
(4/6/2006) Kris Benson struck out three and walked three while allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings on Thursday vs. Tampa bay. His quality start was overshadowed by Mark Hendrickson tossing a three-hitter.
Benson pushes distractions aside
(4/1/2006) Pitching one day after his wife filed for divorce, Baltimore Orioles starter Kris Benson allowed two runs and five hits over four innings Friday night in a 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals. Benson said he was able to set aside the personal distractions -- at least while he was on the field. "I'm sure it has something to do with my personality and just the way that I think out there," said Benson, who was credited with the victory and is 2-2 this spring. "You just have to talk yourself into things sometimes."
Benson deals with divorce now
(3/31/2006) Anna Benson wants a divorce from Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson, who still thinks the New York Mets traded him because of his impulsive wife. Anna Benson, an actress and model who has posed topless, filed for divorce in Atlanta on Thursday. Kris Benson initially protested the deal that sent him to the Orioles. But now he thinks the Mets did him a favor. "I was a little upset because I enjoyed my time in New York and I feel like they had a good team coming into the season," Benson said in a recent interview. "But now that I realize the opportunity I have, it's going to be a good career move for me."
Benson glad to be in Baltimore
(3/30/2006) Kris Benson believes the trade that sent him from the New York Mets to the Baltimore Orioles stemmed from false information and the betrayal of people he once regarded as friends. He's not angry, though. As far as he's concerned, the Mets did him a favor. "I was a little upset because I enjoyed my time in New York and I feel like they had a good team coming into the season," Benson said in a recent interview. "But now that I realize the opportunity I have, it's going to be a good career move for me." In 2005, his first full season with the Mets, Benson allowed three runs or fewer in 19 starts. He was 10-8 with a 4.31 ERA, but New York won 17 of the 28 games in which he pitched. Despite those numbers, the right-hander was traded to the Orioles in January for pitchers Jorge Julio and John Maine.
Benson stinks it up vs. Mets
(3/26/2006) Baltimore starter Kris Benson gave up six runs, four earned, in 5 1/3 innings pitched Sunday; the former Met committed an error on an inning-ending comebacker in the third -- throwing the ball past first baseman Kevin Millar -- which allowed a run to score.
Benson good, not great Tuesday
(3/22/2006) Orioles starter Kris Benson, acquired from the Mets in an offseason trade, pitched in and out of trouble for four innings against his ex-teammates Tuesday. He allowed at least two baserunners in every inning, giving up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits. The right-hander walked one and struck out three.
Benson will face old squad
(3/19/2006) Monday is the Mets' off day; the team will travel to Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday to face Baltimore and former Met pitcher Kris Benson.
Benson torched while experimenting
(3/11/2006) Appearing in his second game with the Baltimore Orioles, Kris Benson yielded six hits and three earned runs in three innings during a 7-2 loss to the Florida Marlins. But spring training is a time for experimentation, and the right-hander is trying to add three new pitches to his repertoire before heading north at the end of the month. "There really isn't an exact science why I'm doing it. I just want to get better," he said. "I feel like if I want to get to the next level this is what I have to do. If I get out of camp with just two of the three pitches instead of all three of them, then I'm still happy that I have two more weapons than I did in the past."
Anna Benson's husband debuts
(3/5/2006) Kris Benson made his first appearance in an Orioles uniform after being acquired from the Mets in January. He pitched two innings, allowing two runs and four hits, including a home run by Matt LeCroy. "I had my adrenaline pumping and was a little anxious to get things going," Benson said. "Once you settle down a little bit, I'm sure as the game went on, if I continued to throw, everything would have gotten a lot sharper."
Perlozzo announces spring rotation
(2/27/2006) The Washington Post reports Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo announced his rotation for the first four games of the spring schedule. Rodrigo Lopez, Erik Bedard and John Stephens will all pitch the exhibition opener against the Florida Marlins this Thursday. Bruce Chen will start in the second game against Florida and will be followed by Daniel Cabrera in the third game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kris Benson will start on March 5 against the Washington Nationals. "We're going to be able to throw a couple of the guys" that will be in the World Baseball Classic, Perlozzo said.
Benson lands in Round 13
(2/13/2006) Kris Benson was the 154th overall selection (thirteenth round) in the 2006 CBS SportsLine.com AL Experts League. He recorded a 10-8 record with a 4.13 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 174.1 IP in 2005.
Mets deal Benson to Orioles
(1/21/2006) The Orioles acquired right-hander Kris Benson from the Mets on Saturday in exchange for right-handers Jorge Julio and John Maine. Benson went 10-8 with a 4.13 ERA in 28 starts for the Mets in 2005 -- third on the staff in both wins and starts. Benson missed the entire 2001 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. For his career, he is 57-61 with a 4.25 ERA in 165 starts.
Report: Benson shipped to O's
(1/21/2006) According to Newsday, the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles have completed a trade that will send Kris Benson to the Orioles for reliever Jorge Julio and right-hander John Maine.
Benson wants to stay in N.Y.
(12/14/2005) Kris Benson's name surfaced in trade talks before and during last week's winter meetings in Dallas as a bargaining chip that could clear some salary space for other moves. He hopes the talk wasn't serious. "I've always said I wanted to be here," he said. "I signed here because I want to be here. We said all along we want to be here."
Mets talk Benson off ledge
(12/7/2005) GM Omar Minaya called Kris Benson from the winter meetings Tuesday to discuss the trade speculation that's become a hot topic. "I'm getting calls on him," Minaya said. "His name is out there. It's a hot name right now." Minaya said he just wanted to touch base with Benson and let him know what was going on, but the GM did not give Benson any assurances he would not be traded. "My policy is one that if a team wants to talk about a player, I'm willing to listen," Minaya said.
Benson's rotation spot safe for now
(8/29/2005) After Steve Trachsel pitched a gem in his season debut Friday night, manager Willie Randolph has six pitchers he could go to for the final month -- and he's not ruling anything out. Trachsel, who allowed two hits in his first game back from a back injury, will come out of the bullpen in the upcoming series against the Philadelphia Phillies. "We have six guys," Randolph said. "That's a good thing for us. A lot of teams don't have that luxury."
Benson pounded by the Nationals
(8/22/2005) Kris Benson allowed six earned runs and eight hits in Sunday's start against the Nationals, recording only two outs.
(8/14/2005) Steve Trachsel's (DL, back) potential return in a weekend series vs. Washington would keep Tuesday night starter Kris Benson from being a two-start pitcher for Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 15-21).
Benson has another quality start
(7/14/2005) Kris Benson allowed two earned runs and five hits in seven innings on Thursday against the Braves, but he did not figure into the decision. He did not walk a batter and he struck out seven.
Benson set to start Thursday
(7/11/2005) Kris Benson will start for the Mets on Thursday once play resumes after the All-Star break. He will face the Braves and Horacio Ramirez.
Benson loses tough one
(7/2/2005) Kris Benson (6-3) failed to hold a two-run lead and lost for the first time in six starts against the Marlins Saturday. He gave up five runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in six innings.
Kris Benson improves to 5-2
(6/16/2005) Benson allowed three earned runs and seven hits in six innings on Thursday at Oakland to notch his fifth victory of the season.
Benson beats Bombers
(5/22/2005) Kris Benson allowed three hits and three walks in six scoreless innings to beat the Yankees Saturday.
Benson faces Unit on Saturday
(5/18/2005) Kris Benson (1-1) will pitch Saturday against Randy Johnson (4-2) now instead of Sunday as Pedro Martinez (hip) has been pushed back.
Benson impressive on Monday
(5/17/2005) Kris Benson allowed two earned runs and four hits in seven innings against Cincinnati on Monday to pick up his first win of the season. He also walked two batters and struck out eight.
Benson no longer on pitch count
(5/10/2005) Manager Willie Randolph said Kris Benson should be able to throw a normal amount of pitches Tuesday vs. the Cubs in his second start of the season. He threw just 4 2/3 innings against Philadelphia on Thursday.
Benson sharp in season debut
(5/5/2005) Kris Benson surrendered five hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday against the Phillies. He struck out six and walked a pair in his first action of 2005.
Benson limited to 75-80 pitches
(5/5/2005) RHP Kris Benson will be held to 75-80 pitches in his first start of the season Thursday against Philadelphia. "It's been a long wait. I'm looking forward to getting back out there," Benson said. "As far as being prepared for tomorrow's start, I can't be any more pleased with the way my arm feels and the work I've done. I don't have any doubts." Benson thinks a slippery spring training mound at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., contributed to the strained right pectoral muscle that kept him on the disabled list for a month.
Benson on strict pitch count
(5/5/2005) Kris Benson probably will be held to 75-80 pitches in his first start of the season Thursday against Philadelphia. Aaron Heilman will be available in long relief if needed. "It's been a long wait. I'm looking forward to getting back out there," Benson said. "As far as being prepared for tomorrow's start, I can't be any more pleased with the way my arm feels and the work I've done. I don't have any doubts."
Mets activate Kris Benson
(5/4/2005) Benson (chest) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. He will make his first start of the regular season on Thursday against Philadelphia.
Benson might return Thursday
(5/2/2005) RHP Kris Benson's first start of the season might come Thursday against the Phillies, manager Willie Randolph said. Benson went on the DL with a strained right chest muscle April 4.
Benson goes three shutout innings
(4/30/2005) RHP Kris Benson pitched three shutout innings Friday night in his first rehab start at Class-A Port St. Lucie. He went on the DL on April 4 with a strained right chest muscle and has yet to pitch since spring training. "We want to be cautious with him," manager Willie Randolph said. "I just hope that when he gets back he'll be healthy for us down the stretch."
Benson won't be back this week
(4/25/2005) Kris Benson is not expected to return to the Mets rotation this week and would likely need a rehab start before making his return, leaving at least one, perhaps two, more spot start(s) for fill-in Jae Seo, who was recalled when Kaz Ishii went on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Mets' Benson might throw on side
(4/18/2005) Randolph said injured starter Kris Benson (strained chest muscle) might throw on the side this week.
Kris Benson throws
(4/15/2005) The New York Post reports Benson (pectoral strain) threw lightly on Thursday.
Mets' Benson placed on 15-day DL
(4/5/2005) The Mets put right-hander Kris Benson on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained chest muscle.
Benson experiences tightness
(4/3/2005) Kris Benson (strained pectoral muscle) felt some tightness while throwing a bullpen session on Sunday. He was sent back to New York for further evaluation. "We're just trying to be cautious," manager Willie Randolph said. "He felt something, and you back away. We've got a week to test it out."
Sore shoulder bumps Benson
(4/2/2005) Kris Benson had his first regular-season start pushed back two days to April 9 at Atlanta because he has a strained right pectoral muscle. An MRI revealed the results Friday. Kazuhisa Ishii will start in his place Thursday at Cincinnati.
Benson in regular-season form
(3/24/2005) Kris Benson pitched six strong innings for the Mets. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits.
Benson working on full bag of tricks
(3/13/2005) Kris Benson gave up two hits and two runs in four innings. He held Detroit hitless for the first three innings before Brandon Inge doubled and Rondell White homered in the fourth, both hitting cut fastballs. Benson said he still needs to work on his cutter, but the rest of his pitches were sharp. "I felt like my slider came around and my fastball was a lot better down in the zone. My changeup was good," he said. "I'm just running through all the pitches getting ready for the season. The only pitch I still need to work on is my cutter. I didn't have that pitch last year in spring training. It's going to be the last one to get fine-tuned."
Benson, Mets finalize 3-year deal
(11/23/2004) Kris Benson is officially return to the Mets after taking a physical and finalizing his $22.5 million, three-year contract. Mets GM Omar Minaya called him "a pitcher who has not fulfilled his potential" and added, "I think we haven't seen the best of Kris Benson yet."
Mets' Benson reportedly re-signing
(11/20/2004) The Mets came to an agreement in principle with right-hander Kris Benson on a three-year deal worth $22.5 million, according to the New York Post. Benson finished 12-12 with a 4.31 ERA in 2004 and is 47-53 in his six-year career.
(11/1/2004) The New York Daily News reports that Kris Benson remains committed to re-signing with the Mets, according to his agent Gregg Clifton. He will likely file for free agency soon as a safety in case they are not happy with the team's choice in hiring a manager. "That should not in any way, shape or form be viewed as a negative," said Clifton.
Benson sharp in no-decision
(9/24/2004) Kris Benson allowed four hits and one run in seven efficient innings against the Cubs on Friday. He struck out seven and walked just one in the no-decision.
Kris Benson tosses gem
(9/9/2004) Benson (shoulder) allowed five hits in six shutout innings Thursday against the Marlins. He walked one and struck out four, while improving to 11-11.
Benson to go Thursday
(9/5/2004) According to the New York Daily News, Kris Benson (shoulder) will start Thursday in Miami. The Mets are awaiting a counterproposal from Benson's agent, Gregg Clifton, and expect to re-sign the former Pirate.
Benson to skip next start
(8/31/2004) Kris Benson will not make his next start on Friday at Philadelphia due to a fatigued shoulder.
Benson has nice game vs. Cardinals
(8/7/2004) Kris Benson allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings at St. Louis Saturday. He did not factor into the decision, but he pitched much better in his second start for the Mets.
Newly-acquired Benson shelled
(7/31/2004) Kris Benson was rocked for seven earned runs and seven hits in only five innings in his debut for the Mets on Saturday.
Benson dealt to the Mets
(7/30/2004) The New York Mets acquired Kris Benson and infielder Jeff Keppinger from the Pirates for Ty Wigginton, Jose Bautista and Matt Peterson on Friday.
Benson could end up with Braves
(7/30/2004) If the Pirates can't complete a deal with Minnesota or the Mets, Atlanta could swoop in and complete a trade for Kris Benson according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I know they're interested," said a baseball official. "They just like to stay under the radar. Their people don't talk."
Benson stymies Braves
(7/21/2004) Kris Benson allowed five hits and two runs in eight innings Wednesday against the Braves. He struck out four and did not walk a batter in the win.
Benson shuts down Marlins
(7/16/2004) Kris Benson allowed eight hits and two runs through 8 1/3 innings Friday against Florida. He struck out four and walked one in the victory.
Benson to start next Friday
(7/12/2004) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Kris Benson will start Friday's game when play resumes after the All-Star break.
Benson beats Brewers
(7/4/2004) Kris Benson allowed eight hits and two runs in seven strong innings Saturday against Milwaukee. "He had a good fastball but didn't have his other stuff, but he still competed," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I was proud of that and I told him so."
Benson snaps losing streak
(6/17/2004) Kris Benson broke a three-game losing streak by allowing just two runs and five hits over eight strong innings against Anaheim on Thursday. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Benson loses in Oakland
(6/12/2004) Kris Benson allowed four earned runs on only three hits in six innings at Oakland Friday. It was his sixth loss of the season.
Benson rocked in Monday's loss
(6/1/2004) Kris Benson allowed 11 hits and six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. "He hit a little bump in the road," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There have been some up and down starts, and that's for all of our starters."
Kris Benson to start Wednesday
(5/26/2004) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Benson will pitch at St. Louis Wednesday since his start on Tuesday was rained out.
Benson to start Sunday
(5/21/2004) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Kris Benson is tentatively set to start against Milwaukee Sunday.
Benson has long, strong outing
(5/2/2004) Kris Benson had his longest outing in nearly a year Friday at Milwaukee, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. He threw 99 pitches, 62 for strikes, in 7 2/3 innings of work, his highest total since last May 27. "I knew that once I got back in shape and my arm was fine, then I was going to go out there and do what I was always capable of doing," Benson said.
Kris Benson shuts down Mets
(4/19/2004) Benson allowed one earned run and six hits in seven innings on Sunday at N.Y. Mets to pick up his second victory of the season.
Benson hears trade rumors
(3/13/2004) Kris Benson is expecting to be traded before spring training ends according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's going to be interesting to see what's going to happen over the next couple of weeks," said Benson. "I hear things are gong to develop more over the weekend." Five teams are reportedly interested in him including the Yankees, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Atlanta and possibly Boston.
Benson pitches on Thursday
(3/5/2004) Kris Benson (shoulder) threw for the first time since July on Thursday. He allowed two runs in two innings against the Reds.
Kris Benson throws from mound
(1/16/2004) Benson (shoulder) threw off the mound Friday for the first time since July and pronounced himself healthy heading into spring. "I'm 100 percent, no doubt about it," said Benson. "My shoulder felt great. I didn't have any type of problems at all. I felt strong enough to keep going. I was throwing nice and easy and the ball was coming out easily. I couldn't have asked for more for my first time off the mound."
Benson back at 100 percent
(10/31/2003) Kris Benson (shoulder) is at 100 percent and should be at full strength when he resumes throwing in December, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Benson moves to 60-day DL
(8/9/2003) The Pirates transferred Kris Benson (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL on Friday. This effectively will end Benson's season. He is not scheduled for surgery at this time.
(8/3/2003) Manager Lloyd McClendon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Kris Benson will likely not be ready to return from the 15-day disabled list next weekend.
Kris Benson gets second opinion
(7/30/2003) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Benson (shoulder) will be examined by orthopedist James Andrews on Wednesday.
Kris Benson lands on disabled list
(7/28/2003) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Benson (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. He is seeking a second opinion on his shoulder.
Benson might go on the DL
(7/28/2003) According to the team's official website, Kris Benson's shoulder is still bothering him and he might be forced to the 15-day disabled list.
Benson will start Tuesday
(7/25/2003) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Kris Benson (shoulder) will start Tuesday against the Padres. That will be on Jeff D'Amico's regular turn, so he will probably be pushed back to Wednesday against San Diego.
Benson should be back July 29
(7/22/2003) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Kris Benson, who will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against Houston, is scheduled to throw from 60 to 90 feet on Thursday, 60 to 105 feet on Friday and will work a side session on Saturday. He is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation July 29 against San Diego.
Benson to miss Tuesday's start
(7/21/2003) Kris Benson will miss Tuesday's scheduled start against Houston due to soreness in his shoulder. "It's not just mechanical. If it was I wouldn't be taking time off," Benson said. "I just can't perform and go out and do the things I need to do when it's feeling like this."
Benson struggles against Brewers
(7/18/2003) Kris Benson lasted only two innings, allowing five earned runs, three hits and three walks against Milwaukee on Thursday.
Kris Benson shaky on Saturday
(6/22/2003) Benson allowed five runs in five innings on Saturday against Cleveland.
Kris Benson to start Saturday
(6/18/2003) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Benson (shoulder) is expected to start Saturday against Cleveland. Benson threw a bullpen session on Monday.
Benson decision due on Wednesday
(6/16/2003) Pittsburgh will decide Wednesday if Kris Benson (shoulder) can start on Saturday against Cleveland, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Benson will throw on the side on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Benson to skip a start
(6/13/2003) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Kris Benson will miss his next scheduled start on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Benson will work on some flaws in his mechanics and have a minor irritation in his shoulder checked out by the team medical director. Manager Lloyd McClendon said, "If missing one start is going to help him win five more in a row, then I'm all for it."
Benson to skip a start
(6/13/2003) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Kris Benson will miss his next scheduled start on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Benson will work on some flaws in his mechanics and have a minor irritation in his shoulder checked out by the team medical director. Manager Lloyd McClendon said, "If missing one start is going to help him win five more in a row, then I'm all for it."
Benson will miss next start
(6/12/2003) Kris Benson will miss his next scheduled start on Sunday against Tampa Bay. He is scheduled to see a doctor on Monday to examine for a possible injury. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, his velocity has dropped in the past few starts and he is currently clocked at 91-92 miles per hour. That is down 3-4 miles per hour from normal.
Kris Benson pounded on Tuesday
(6/11/2003) Benson allowed eight earned runs, eight hits and three walks in only 2 1/3 on Tuesday against the high-flying Toronto offense.
Benson unlikely to start Sunday
(6/5/2003) Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he is leaning towards not bringing back Kris Benson on three days' rest Sunday in Atlanta, especially since the right-hander had gone eight days between starts prior to his assignment on Wednesday.
Benson evens record at 4-4
(5/11/2003) According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kris Benson worked two side session during the week to correct a flaw in his leg action. The sessions paid off, as Benson rebounded from a horrific outing his last time in Houston. On Saturday, Benson allowed two earned runs and eight hits in eight innings to even his record at 4-4.
Benson baffles Phillies on Sunday
(4/6/2003) Kris Benson threw seven shutout frames, allowing six hits and one walk to earn his second win of the season. He also struck out six batters in the 2-0 win at Philadelphia.
Benson to start opener
(3/16/2003) Kris Benson was tabbed as the opening day starter for the Pirates by manager Lloyd McClendon. Benson allowed three runs in five innings in his Sunday start.
Benson hit hard
(3/12/2003) Kris Benson allowed five runs in three innings against Minnesota on Tuesday. "I'm just glad to get out of here without hurting my arm again," Benson said. "It was on my mind, but not when I went out there to pitch. That had nothing to do with my pitching performance."
Benson takes first spring step
(2/28/2003) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Kris Benson pitched two scoreless innings in a "B" game on Thursday. His first spring start against major leaguers will be on March 3.
Benson working in drills
(2/17/2003) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Kris Benson is throwing off a mound and participating in fielding drills. "There's no reason to worry anymore about reinjuring myself. It's going to be a huge plus for me to have them let me do my thing," Benson said.
(8/21/2002) On Tuesday, Benson had arguably his best performance since returning from reconstructive elbow surgery. He allowed only one hit in seven innings against the Cardinals to pick up a win. Monitor his performance in his next start. Benson has struggled all season, but might be improving.
(6/15/2002) Benson gave up one hit in three innings Friday, but didn't return after a rain delay. The Pirates are being cautious with Benson, who had reconstructive elbow surgery and missed last season.
(5/31/2002) Lloyd McClendon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review there are no plans to move the struggling Benson to the bullpen. Benson is healthy now, but he is a very risky Fantasy starter.
(5/14/2002) Benson returned Monday night, but struggled mightily. He was lifted in the fourth inning after allowing seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. "I felt 100 percent and that's a positive, but I'm not pleased at all," said Benson, who was developing into one of the National League's best young starting pitchers, going 10-12 with a 3.85 ERA in 2000 before getting hurt. "It was definitely a letdown. See how Benson does in his next outing before activating him.
(5/13/2002) Benson has been activated and will start Monday against Arizona. Consider reserving Benson until he shows he is fully recovered from his elbow injury and there are no lingering effects. Starting Benson this week is a gamble, especially starting against Curt Schilling and Arizona Monday and then at Houston later in the scoring period.
(5/8/2002) Benson has completed his minor-league rehab assignment and general manager Dave Littlefield told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Benson will start sometime next week. Benson has been sidelined all season while recovering from elbow surgery. Allow him to prove that he his healthy before getting him in your active roster.
(4/29/2002) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Benson allowed one run on two hits in five innings of a rehab start on Saturday. He had missed two starts with a tender triceps tendon. A decision will be made on his status after a May 7 rehab start.
(4/24/2002) Benson continues to make progress in his recovery from elbow surgery and hopes to return in mid-May. "My last start (for Triple-A Nashville) will end up being around May 7. We have a day off up here on the 9th and depending on how they want to work me into the rotation," Benson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review". "I don't really know. But, somewhere, around the 12th to the 15th. Somewhere in there."
(4/22/2002) Benson threw on the side Sunday after learning he had not reinjured his right elbow. He will return to Triple-A Nashville to continue his rehabilitation assignment later this week. The Pirates were concerned that he reinjured his elbow after he experienced soreness in the joint last week.
(4/17/2002) Benson might return to the majors on May 5. His recent minor league rehabilitation start was changed from Apr. 16 to Apr. 25 because of soreness in his surgically repaired elbow, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the pain is not serious enough to stall his progress. Benson will make three more starts before he is re-evaluated on May 5. After his third start a decision will be made on whether the Pirates will activate him. Follow his situation. Benson may be a good midseason pickup when he returns.
(4/11/2002) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Benson remains on track to rejoin the Pirates sometime in the next few weeks. He allowed one hit in 4 2/3 innings at Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. Once he returns in late May or June, he will be closely monitored. "I think it's safe to say he'll be on a pitch count the entire year," McClendon said. "He would be hard-pressed to go over 100, 105."
(4/7/2002) Benson allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out five in three innings of a rehab start for Triple-A Nashville on Friday. Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said the Pirates will not rush Benson in his recovery from "Tommy John" reconstructive elbow surgery, but don't be surprised if he's ready to rejoin the Pittsburgh rotation in late May or early June.
(3/21/2002) Benson (elbow surgery) threw a pair of innings against minor leaguers on Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says he may throw 50 pitches in a minor league game on Monday as he continues to build arm strength. He remains on track for a late May return, but Benson is a questionable Fantasy choice.
(3/15/2002) Benson is expected to make his final simulated start Friday before resuming pitching in a game. He will throw the equivalent of five innings, and could pitch an intrasquad or minor-league game Wednesday.
(3/6/2002) Benson threw three innings in a simulated game on Tuesday, may throw in another on Saturday and possibly in a minor league game on March 20, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is still targeting a May return from elbow surgery, and he could be worth a look in NL-only league near midseason.
(2/27/2002) Benson, who is recovering from elbow surgery, is not scheduled to work in exhibition games, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He threw on the side on Tuesday, though, and hopes to appear in games by mid-March.
(2/20/2002) Benson, who is recovering from elbow surgery, was given a second consecutive scheduled day off from throwing on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported he was scheduled to pitch batting practice on Wednesday.
(2/15/2002) Benson, who missed all of last season with an elbow injury, was expected to start participating in spring training workouts on Friday. He remains on target for a mid-to-late May return, says the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I'm pleased with his progress, but I'm not getting too excited until he is activated on our 25-man roster," pitching coach Spin Williams said. "If he comes earlier than expected, it will be a bonus."
(7/17/2001) Benson will begin doing shoulder exercises this week to build up his rotator cuff, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His goal is to begin throwing in mid-September and be back on a mound in December, with his return to major-league action coming in late April or early May next season.
(5/23/2001) Benson underwent successful elbow surgery on May 22. Pittsburgh doesn't expect him to return by May of 2002 at the earliest.
(5/19/2001) Benson has decided to have season-ending surgery on his injured right elbow. He tried resting and strengthening the elbow for two months with no progress. After a second round of tests Thursday, Benson was given the option of having surgery or going through another round of conditioning. However, if he tried strengthening the elbow without success and later needed surgery, he likely would missed not only this season, but the 2002 season. "It's obvious something's wrong in there," Benson said Friday. "I've got to get this taken care of." If you still have Benson on your roster, be sure to drop him as soon as possible.
(5/18/2001) Although tests on Benson's ailing right elbow showed no torn ligaments, he will get a second opinion before deciding Friday whether to resume his rehabilitation program or undergo season-ending reconstructive surgery, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's by far the most important decision I've ever made in my professional career and my personal life. This is my career on the line. Not everybody comes back from these surgeries," he said. "This has been going on for 2 1/2 months now. It's something that needs to come to a close." Benson could be out for a year if he has the operation, but could put his 2002 in jeopardy if he resumes his rehab and suffers any setbacks. He's probably not worth holding onto in any league at this point.
(5/16/2001) Benson will have a test Wednesday to determine whether he needs surgery on his right elbow, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He threw just 17 of 34 scheduled pitches on the side Tuesday before being stopped. "I know there's something wrong. If it's something major wrong, then something definitely needs to be done," Benson said. "If it just needs to be looked at closer, to get in there and have it scoped to clean things up, then I'm good to go. But at least I'd know what the problem is." This doesn't bode well for Benson owners. You might as well drop him if he doesn't receive good news after the tests.
(5/9/2001) Benson tossed 39 pitches in three innings of an extended spring training game Tuesday, hitting the low-90s on the radar gun. He is scheduled to throw on the side on Thursday and pitch four innings Sunday. Benson could soon begin a rehab assignment, and he looks on schedule to return in late May.
(5/7/2001) The Pirates are targeting May 21 for Benson's return to the rotation, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He will throw two innings in an extended spring training game on Tuesday, and then make one more start there before being sent on a rehab assignment. See if Benson's available on your league's waiver wire - he might be a good pickup if you can keep him on reserve until he's healthy.
(4/30/2001) Benson (sprained right elbow ligament), one of three Pittsburgh starting pitchers on the DL, threw around 75 pitches on the sidelines. The Pirates are considering sending Benson to extended spring training on Friday, with an eye on him beginning a rehab stint in the minor leagues in about two weeks.
(4/27/2001) Benson threw 60 pitches on the side on Thursday and remains on schedule to throw two innings in a game on May 4, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He will likely pitch in extended spring training. Benson is progressing, but he's still got aways to go before he'll be able to help out a Fantasy team.
(4/23/2001) Benson will make a rehab start on May 4. He will throw a simulated game early next week as he continues to build up his arm strength.
(4/23/2001) Benson (strained elbow ligament) is expected to throw 75 pitches off a mound early this week as he builds his arm strength back. It still hasn't been determined when he will make a minor league rehabilitation start.
(4/20/2001) Benson threw 35 pitches off an indoor mound on Wednesday, and is expected to throw another 50 pitches on Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He's looking on target to return to the rotation in around five weeks, but monitor his progress closely.
(4/17/2001) Benson is optimistic that he won't need reconstructive surgery on his elbow after throwing 25 pitches off a bullpen mound on Monday. "It was definitely a good pick-me-up," he said. "Psychologically I'm a lot better than I was last weekend. I'm pretty optimistic now." Benson started a throwing program 10 days ago which will put him on target to rejoin the Pirates' rotation in around five weeks. We still don't recommend him until he proves he can stay healthy enough to provide solid Fantasy stats in 2001.
(4/16/2001) Benson will throw off a mound Monday for the first time since March 19. He has been receiving treatment and playing catch, and this session will help determine when he'll be able to return from his right elbow sprain, currently expected to be at least five to six weeks.
(4/12/2001) Benson, who is recovering from a sprained ligament in his right elbow, faces a best-case scenario of five to six weeks before he can rejoin the Pirates' rotation. Team trainer Kent Biggerstaff said that right now, it appears as if Benson will not need surgery, which is good news. Just don't expect him back before the end of May, at the earliest.
(4/9/2001) Benson, who is suffering from a sprained ligament in his elbow, began throwing again last Friday. He is the furthest of the three injured Pirates starters from being able to rejoin the rotation, so don't expect him back until sometime in May at earliest.
(4/4/2001) Benson has been receiving treatment on his sore right elbow, but he could begin playing catch on Friday. He's still a few weeks from returning to the rotation, so don't count on activating him anytime in April.
(3/26/2001) Benson will miss at least the first three weeks of the season with a sprained ligament in his right elbow. He has been shut down for two weeks and will be replaced by the talented, yet unreliable Jose Silva in the Pirates' rotation.
(3/20/2001) Benson still has some inflammation and irritation in his right elbow, but the Pirates are still expecting him to start their season opener on April 3. Benson pitched four innings against minor league hitters on Monday. He is scheduled to pitch on March 24, and may be another risky pick from the Pittsburgh staff because of his health.
(3/15/2001) Benson felt a "twinge" in his right elbow this past weekend and will miss his March 16 as a precaution, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He'll start in a minor league game on March 19. Benson is very talented, but this injury issue drastically reduces his projected value.
(8/30/2000) Benson earned his first win since July 8 on Tuesday. He pitched eight shutout innings and allowed only one hit. Benson is now 9-11 this season.
(4/25/2000) Bothered by stiffness in his neck, right-hander Kris Benson will have his next start pushed back to Saturday vs. Cincinnati. Recently recalled Jose Parra will pitch on Thursday against the Padres
(4/17/2000) Benson complained of neck stiffness that is preventing him from keeping the ball down. He stayed in the training room for the duration of the game Sunday, after lasting only 2 2/3 innings. Benson has an ERA of 6.89 with six HR's in his first three starts. Once he gets his neck problems worked out, his numbers should improve.
(4/6/1999) Benson is a good prospect who had a great spring. It is doubtful he will pitch close to as well as he did in March. After the league sees him a few times he could be due for some rough treatment. There are better rookie pitchers out there.
Benson likely out for Friday
(12/31/1969) LHP Bruce Chen is the tentative choice to start Friday in place of ailing Kris Benson (elbow). Chen went 5 1/3 innings Sunday while subbing in for Benson. He allowed four runs -- all earned -- off seven hits. He struck out four and walked none.