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 Post subject: Van Benschoten Sent to AAA
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:12 am 
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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08192/896047-63.stm

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In what might or might not have been John Van Benschoten's last chance to crack the Pirates' rotation, he was optioned back to Class AAA Indianapolis immediately after giving up four runs in 42/3 innings of a 6-4 loss to the Houston Astros last night at PNC Park.

Goodbye for good?

Probably not.

Management is expected to promote a reliever as early as today -- Marino Salas is the best bet -- and buoy what manager John Russell called a "short-handed" bullpen. The Pirates already have enough starters to make it through the All-Star break, after which they can reset the rotation. If needed, Van Benschoten can be recalled within 10 days of his demotion and take his next turn.

Asked if Van Benschoten might get that turn, Russell replied, "We'll see. We'll talk about it. I would imagine he'll make his next start."


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That has been spoken many times before, of course. Van Benschoten, the Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2001, has risen to the level of an elite pitcher, at times, in Class AAA, including most of this season. But he is 2-12 in his stints in Pittsburgh, with an 8.96 ERA that is highest in Major League Baseball history for any pitcher with as many as his 17 starts.

Did he feel pressured?

"Not really," he said. "You shouldn't go out there with pressure."

The Pirates are not exactly overflowing with options: Ty Taubenheim, who made a decent spot start late last month, is shelved with Indianapolis because of elbow trouble. Bryan Bullington was just removed from a full 40-man roster and would have to be added back, which is eminently unlikely. And there is little indication that management is impressed with Class AA starter Yoslan Herrera despite some encouraging recent work.

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 Post subject: Re: Van Benschoten Sent to AAA
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:32 am 
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I bet he throws seven innings and gives up only one run, walking only one batter, and strikes out 6 in his next AAA start.

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 Post subject: Re: Van Benschoten Sent to AAA
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:38 am 
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I bet he throws seven innings and gives up only one run, walking only one batter, and strikes out 6 in his next AAA start.


That's true, lol. I don't expect him to make more than 1 or 2 more starts. I think there will be at least one new arm in that rotation (from outside the organization) shortly after the break.


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