Kris Benson is making progress.
He threw four-plus innings in an extended spring training game today in Clearwater, Fla. He allowed three hits, one run and one walk. He struck out four. He threw 75 pitches, and his fastball hovered around 86 to 90 mph. That's an increase from his start last week, when he topped out at 87 mph. If Benson comes out of it OK, he will pitch Sunday for single-A Clearwater.
"It was encouraging for him and it was encouraging for us," Ruben Amaro Jr. said.