Right-hander Adam Eaton makes his second appearance of spring when the Phillies host the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. at Bright House Field in Clearwater. James Shields counters for Tampa. [Box]
Benson pushing Eaton? Eaton struggled his first start, and although it’s still early, more of the same may not bode well for his fifth-starter hopes. In the meantime, Kris Benson’s timetable appears to be shrinking. Benson will pitch an intra-squad minor league game on Saturday and hasn’t experienced any setbacks. It’s too soon to say, but one scenario starting to gain traction among beat writers like Scott Lauber is the one where Benson begins the season on the disabled list, rehabs for a month, then replaces Eaton, or the spring winner, in late April/early May. For now, it appears the job is Eaton’s to lose, and Benson is being seen as a viable alternative. J.D. Durbin was hammered yesterday, Chad Durbin has yet to start a game and Kyle Lohse is not in their plans.