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Benson's Setback: Serious or Not?

Is Kris Benson's arm soreness a serious setback?

Benson's Setback: Serious or Not?

 We only have one picture of Kris Benson in a Phillies uniform in our system. So we're going with this one today.The soreness is in the biceps, not the shoulder.

That could be a good thing.

Phillies righthander Kris Benson had been scheduled to pitch today in a minor-league game at the Carpenter Complex, but he won't because the Phillies said he has biceps tendinitis. Benson said he's not concerned about the setback. The Phillies said they're not concerned, either. I guess fans might be cautiously optimistic about this. Benson and Dubee both said they expected some sort of soreness along the way because he is rebuilding arm strength after missing last season recovering right rotator cuff surgery.

In fact, Benson said he has had two previous bouts of soreness.

Each time he rested a bit, and felt better for it.

So ... we'll see.

"It's nothing serious," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He's a little fatigued, so we're going to give him a couple days to rest up a little bit and see how he responds."

"It's just really something that's more of a precautionary thing," Benson said. "I'm not going to go from the first day of camp to the last day of the season without taking a little break here and there."

Benson can opt out of his minor-league contract with the Phillies if he isn't on the 40-man roster by March 25. I still expect the Phillies to place him on the 40-man roster. There's just too many ifs in the Phillies rotation for them not to keep him.

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At least Brad Lidge continues to make progress.

He threw live BP yesterday and will pitch in a minor-league game Thursday. He can't see a reason he won't be ready for the March 31 season opener.

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Chad Durbin continues to compete for the fifth spot in the Phillies rotation.

He has a pretty cool side job, too.

But in his regular job, Durbin is competing with Adam Eaton and ... well, who else? I think J.D. Durbin has pitched himself out of rotation contention and now finds himself fighting hard for a 25-man roster spot. Rule 5 Draft pick Travis Blackley pitched in relief the other day, so it seems his chances of pitching in the rotation have slipped considerably. There's really nobody else out there. My prediction is that Eaton gets the job, and the Phillies make no hesitation to replace him with Benson whenever he's ready to join the big-league club.

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