The only thing that stands in the way of Kris Benson donning a Phillies uniform is a physical.
The club agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the veteran right-hander Wednesday afternoon.
If he passes a physical, Benson will join the squad and continue working his way back from the rotator cuff surgery that sidelined him for all of last season.
Phillies scout Chuck Lamar watched Benson throw twice in the past two weeks in private workouts in Atlanta. Benson's agent, Gregg Clifton, said last night that his client was exactly where he needed to be for this time of year, and that he would be ready to pitch opening day. The Phillies, however, sound a little more skeptical. Lamar said Benson is about "60 to 70 percent" right now, and that he still has a few hurdles to climb in his rehabilitation.