Another set-back for Benson?

Kris Benson was supposed to take a big step in his recovery from shoulder surgery tonight, but that won't be happening, as the right-hander was scratched from a scheduled start at Class A Clearwater with tightness in his biceps. Ruben Amaro spoke to reporters about a half hour ago and said that the condition isn't the same as the one that caused the Phillies to shut Benson down for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the regular season.

Nevertheless, Amaro did say the team was "concerned."

"I don't think it is anything like it was before, but it's a concern enough for him not to pitch," Amaro said. "He kind of tested it this morning and didn't feel comfortable enough. . .We're concerned about it, we obviously don't like it, we'd like to have him be able to pitch consistently and be healthy. But we'll stay with him for now and see how he progresses."

Amaro said he didn't know if Benson would be able to make a start this week, or whether he might throw off the mound again in practice.


Also, Ken Griffey Jr. will have to wait at least one more night to hit 600. He's been scratched from the line-up because of "general soreness." That's all he would say. "General soreness." He spoke at length with reporters, but spoke only vaugely about the condition keeping him from the line-up.

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