Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies have released pitcher Kris Benson.
Benson went 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA for AAA Lehigh Valley. He was acquired in February as a potential rotation slot for the middle of the season. His rehab was slow, and by the time he was ready to pitch, the Phillies had a pretty stacked rotation. Currently Benson would slot eighth or ninth on the Phils rotation cycle.
“We definitely think he is a starter,” said GM Pat Gillick. “He can’t be a bullpen guy. At this point, we can’t put him in the rotation, so in fairness to him … maybe the last month of the season he can hook on with another club and get an opportunity to start.”