Kris Benson has been transferred to Lehigh Valley and will pitch for the Triple-A Iron Pigs on Sunday.
The veteran righty has been working his way back from shoulder surgery. He allowed one run on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday for Class A Clearwater.
It's a big step for Benson, who seemed to take a step backward every time he took a step forward, at least for much of the last couple of months. But he's pitched twice in the minors now without incident. We'll see how he does against Triple-A competition.
I get the feeling these next couple starts are big for Adam Eaton. Benson still isn't close to major league ready - he'd probably have to prove himself for at least two more starts on the minor league level - but he's taking steps forward.
I don't think anyone is looking at Benson as The Answer. But he can be good insurance.