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Kris Benson


Benson was activated from the disabled list by the Orioles on Saturday, as he returns from right elbow tendinitis. The right-hander will start against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday in his first outing since July 25.


Benson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, giving him additional time to recover from tendinitis in his right elbow.


Benson's start this weekend against the New York Yankees has been pushed back because of elbow tendinitis. Benson threw on Tuesday, but the Orioles weren't happy about the results. The team is considering putting him on the disabled list possibly on Friday.


Benson returned to Baltimore on Wednesday to have his sore right elbow examined. The 31-year-old Orioles right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA in five starts this month. "Kris has complained a little bit about his elbow hurting the last couple of months," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "We've got him in Baltimore right now as a precautionary measure just to make sure that it's nothing more than a little inflammation. We just want to see what's up, where's he's at."


Benson had his shortest outing of the season for the Orioles, when he pitched two innings, allowing seven runs -- six earned -- and seven hits in a 7-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.


Coming off two consecutive wins, Benson failed to get the job done in Sunday's loss to the Washington Nationals, turning in the shortest outing of his major league career. The Mets' righthander was unable to get out of the first inning, allowing six runs on eight hits before getting the hook with two outs.


Benson turned in his longest outing of the 2005 campaign, tossing 8.1 solid innings in Wednesday's victory over the San Diego Padres. The Mets' righthander allowed one run on just three hits, striking out six and walking one. The win was just his second since June 21, spanning nine starts.


Benson notched his first win in more than a month, going eight strong innings in Sunday's 6-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mets' righthander gave up just four hits, struck out five and walked one. He improved to 7-3 in 16 starts this season and saw his ERA drop from 3.40 to 3.14.


Benson turned in his best performance of the 2005 campaign, notching the win in Monday's 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Mets' righthander, who was making his third start of the season after missing more than a month with a slight tear in his right pectoral muscle, allowed just two runs on four hits over 7.2 innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

Benson worked a limited pitch count in his first start and was touched up for four home runs in his second outing, so the team was pleased to see him get back on track and pitch into the eighth inning on Monday. For the year, he is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA, striking out 17 and walking just four in 18.1 innings of work.


As anticipated, Benson will be activated from the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets in time to make his 2005 season debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. The righthander has been sidelined since late in spring training with a slight tear in his right pectoral muscle. Benson split last season between the Mets and Pirates, going a combined 12-12 with a 4.31 ERA and one complete game in 31 starts.

The Mets will push their other starters back one day, opening a window for Benson. With Benson returning to the rotation, Aaron Heilman will either move to a long-relief role or be sent back to Triple-A.


Benson continues his recovery from a slight tear in his right pectoral muscle, and there is a chance he could make his 2005 debut with the Mets later this week. The righthander reported no problems after throwing 36 pitches over three scoreless innings in a minor league rehab start with Class-A Port St. Lucie on Friday, striking out four.

Benson is scheduled to have a bullpen session on Monday before being re-evaluated to determine his status and availability. Reportedly, he could get the nod on Thursday or Friday. Benson split last season between the Mets and Pirates, going a combined 12-12 with a 4.31 ERA and one complete game in 31 starts.


After shutting down for more than a week, Benson will begin a throwing program over the next couple of days, and he could be back to pitching off a mound by the weekend. The Mets' righthander, who currently is on the 15-day disabled list with a slight tear in his right pectoral muscle, will need some time to rebuild the strength in his arm before seeing any game action. Aaron Heilman will continue to fill the No. 5 hole for the Mets until Benson can return.

Once Benson is throwing pain-free, he'll be sent on a minor league rehab assignment and likely will make a couple starts before rejoining the Mets' rotation. Don't expect him back until early May. He split last season between the Mets and Pirates, going a combined 12-12 with a 4.31 ERA and one complete game in 31 starts.


During a bullpen session on Sunday, Benson felt some discomfort in his strained right pectoral muscle, putting his first start of the regular season in jeopardy. The Mets' righthander, who already had been pushed back from Thursday to Saturday, will travel to New York to be re-evaluated to determine his status. For now, he has been listed as day-to-day.

Benson still is penciled in for Saturday, but whether he takes the mound then will be decided over the next several days. He split last season between the Mets and Pirates, going a combined 12-12 with a 4.31 ERA and one complete game in 31 starts.

Further tests have revealed that Benson has a slight tear in his right pectoral muscle, although the injury still is being listed as a strain. The New York Mets have placed the veteran righthander on the 15-day disabled list and do not expect him to be back in action until at least late April. Benson will not be allowed to throw for 7-10 days, after which he will be re-evaluated to determine his progress.

The Mets have yet to decide who will step into the rotation and start in Benson's absence. He was slated to take the mound against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.