Sunday, February 7, 2016

Benson Is Still Here

The Phillies reassigned righthander Kris Benson, which means Tuesday's deadlline to place him on the 40-man roster came and went without any movement.

Benson Is Still Here

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The Phillies reassigned righthander Kris Benson to minor-league camp, which means he's still with the team.

That's not a surprise.

The Phillies had to place Benson on the 40-man roster no later than Tuesday or he had 24 hours to opt out of his minor-league contract. Benson said Tuesday he would not opt out, and he did not. (Benson said there was a chance they could restructure his contract to include a later opt out date.) Regardless, it made little sense for Benson to leave because he sees an opportunity here. He's been working with Phillies athletic trainers for more than a month, and he's comfortable working with them. He also said he likes his teammates and the chance to win this year.

But Benson, who has been sidelined with right biceps tendinitis, probably won't help the Phillies until late May or early June. That could be OK. It will give the Philles several weeks to evaluate Adam Eaton and Kyle Kendrick and the rest of the rotation.

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The Phillies fly back to Philadelphia after today's game against the Tigers in Lakeland.

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