Benson Injured, Rangers Add Pitcher

Pitcher placed on 15 day disabled list.

The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that the club placed right-handed pitcher Kris Benson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with right elbow tendinitis. 

The Rangers also acquired right-handed pitcher Darren O’Day on a waiver claim from the New York Mets
 
To make room on the 40-man roster for O’Day, the club transferred right-handed pitcher Dustin Nippert from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. 

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Scott Feldman will start on Saturday in Baltimore in place of Benson.
 
Benson has gone 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA (11 ER/11.0 IP) in 2 games/starts for Texas this season, posting 5 strikeouts against 5 walks.  He was originally scheduled to start tonight’s game in Toronto, but it was announced on Monday that his turn in the rotation had been bumped back to Saturday at Baltimore.  He was placed on the disabled list after throwing a bullpen Wednesday morning in Toronto. Benson was the club’s fourth starter out of spring training after signing with the Rangers on February 21.
 
O’Day, 26, has pitched 3.0 innings over 4 relief appearances with New York this season, allowing 2 unearned runs and 5 hits with one walk and 2 strikeouts.  He last pitched on Thursday against San Diego (1.0 scoreless inning) and was designated for assignment on Sunday. 
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