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Orioles' Benson has torn rotator cuff, likely to miss season

Feb. 12, 2007

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports



BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will almost certainly miss the 2007 season.




A recent MRI exam revealed a partial tear, Benson's agent, Gregg Clifton said Monday. The injury will require surgery, but the procedure has not yet been scheduled.


"We'd like to get it done as soon as possible so we can start the recovery process," Clifton said.


After coming to Baltimore in a January 2006 trade with the New York Mets, Benson went 11-12 with a 4.82 ERA in 30 starts. He was supposed to serve as the voice of experience in a young starting rotation that includes Erik Bedard, Daniel Cabrera and Adam Loewen.


"We're disappointed," Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan said. "We'll look at the free-agent market and the trade market, but getting another starter from inside the organization is still a possibility."


Surgery will likely keep Kris Benson off the mound this season. (Getty Images)

Surgery will likely keep Kris Benson off the mound this season. (Getty Images)

Flanagan did not concede losing Benson for the season, saying only that he expects the right-hander to be sidelined "at least a couple of months. We won't have him on opening day, that's for sure."


Rotator cuff tears usually require between eight to 12 months of rehabilitation for pitchers. But Clifton did not rule out the possibility of Benson pitching in 2007.


"No one can accurately predict the duration of recovery. I'm not a doctor," he said. "It's not what I think or what Kris thinks. It's what the doctors think."


Benson is due $7.5 million this year, the final guaranteed season of a $22.5 million, three-year contract. The Orioles hold a $7.5 million option for 2008 with a $500,000 buyout.


Benson was beginning to increase his offseason workouts when his shoulder became "stiff and sore," according to Flanagan.


"Being around as long as I have, I know this isn't the first time something like this has happened," said Flanagan, a former pitcher.


The 32-year-old Benson missed the 2001 season after elbow-ligament transplant surgery and made only 18 starts in 2003 because of tendinitis in his right shoulder.


Benson finished second on the Orioles behind Bedard in wins and starts and was third in inning pitched (183). He had a career-high three completes games, but lost two of them.


In 2005, his first full season with the Mets, Benson allowed three runs or fewer in 19 starts. He was 10-8 with a 4.31 ERA, but New York won 17 of the 28 games in which he appeared.


But the Mets traded Benson for pitchers Jorge Julio and John Maine. There was speculation that the deal was perpetuated by the behavior of Benson's wife, Anna, who has her own website and publicly discussed intimate details of their sex life.


Mets general manager Omar Minaya contended that Anna Benson was not a factor in the trade. Anna Benson asked for a divorce in late March last year, but rescinded the request within the week.


The Associated Press News Service



They are now expected to announce the signing of pitcher Steve Trachsel

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Benson is one of those guys you can count on to give you an ERA ranging from like 4-4.5 and maybe 12-15 wins if he's healthy........... penguino is right this doesnt hurt that much for the fact they turned around and snatched Trachsel...... they're similar types of pitchers.


not only that, but the Orioles probably weren't goin anywhere special either this year, with or without benson.

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Trachsel is probably a better option anyway. I don't see the new of a mediocre veteran on the team though.


When you've got that much youth in the rotation, you need someone to throw the innings. Keeping Bedard and Cabrera healthy in 2007 means they're more likely to be effective in 2008 and 2009.

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