A round-up of news, notes and retractions.
Benson out: Right-hander Kris Benson suffered what is being described as a small setback in his road to recovery, feeling discomfort in his pitching arm two days after throwing 57 pitches in a minor league game. [Lauber]
Lidge pitches tomorrow: Closer Brad Lidge, who is recovering from knee surgery, will pitch a minor league game Thursday. It is his first game action since last season. The right-hander re-injured his right knee pitching batting practice early in camp. Reports are if he pitches well, he could pitch a Grapefruit League game Sunday. [Link]
Upon further review: I sought the opinion of a trusted source on the yesterday’s topic of Shane Victorino, who says there’s no hard evidence to support the notion that he is hard for Charlie Manuel to handle.
Helms a good fit for San Francisco? Paul Hagen of the Daily News thinks so. He sees a match between the Phils and Giants in a deal that would send third baseman Wes Helms out west for Lancaster County-native Steve Kline. The 35-year-old left-hander pitched 46 innings for the Giants last season, going 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA, including a very marginal 17/18 K/BB ratio, the worst of his career. The Phillies would be hoping for numbers more in line with his career norm. [Notebook]
Phillies flip the switch on Cleveland 6-4: Catcher and newest member of Beerleaguer’s fantasy team Carlos Ruiz continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 in leading the Phillies to a 12-hit afternoon in a winning cause.
Transactions: Brennan King, Jason Jaramillo and Pete LaForest are among the latest players moved to minor league camp.