10/31/03 Kris Benson, who missed the second half of the season with a shoulder issue, has completed a light throwing program and won't begin throwing again until December. Benson saw shoulder specialist Dr. Craig Morgan last week and was given a clean bill of health. He never did undergo surgery for his problem, which was just believed to be tendinitis.
Benson comes with a lot of questions. I know McClendon has had issues with Benson. Is Benson really injured worse than this last report, since he hasn't pitched since 07/18/03? Could he have pitching well before the end of the year, but because of the issues between Benson/McClendon the Pirates kept him out? Did the Pirates keep him out because they were out of it anyway and hoped the rest would get him ready for next year? Anyone trading for him, I would hope would have all the updated physical history.
Benson, who just turned 29, will be in the last year of his four year contract next year and will make $6.1M, but if he makes all of his incentives, he'll make $7.1M.
This trade rumor makes more sense than the Jarvis rumor. If they want FeLo also, then I would expect a low minor leaguer to accompany Benson to the Reds.