The Phillies have released triple-A Lehigh Valley righthander Kris Benson.
The Phillies signed Benson to a minor-league contract in Februrary with the idea that he could plug into the rotation sometime before June 1. But because of injuries, Benson progressed much more slowly than they had hoped. So the Phillies moved forward and acquired Joe Blanton before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, which eliminated the possibility that Benson would pitch in the Phillies rotation this season.
Even if there were an injury to a starting pitcher at this point, J.A. Happ would be the likley replacement.
We're not sure the exact reason why the Phillies released Benson, who was 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA in 11 starts in Lehigh Valley, but I'll pass it along once I do.