PHOENIX -- The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled highly touted
right-hander John Van Benschoten from Triple-A Nashville in time
for the former first-round pick to make his major league debut
Wednesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kip Wells had been scheduled to start, but was moved back in the
rotation after feeling discomfort in his right elbow during a
sideline session earlier in the week. Wells' next start had not yet
Van Benschoten, the eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft out of
Kent State, was 4-11 with 4.72 ERA in 23 starts for Nashville and
had lost five of his last six starts.
To make room for Van Benschoten, the Pirates designated RHP
Willis Roberts for assignment.
Roberts was 0-0 with a 5.25 ERA in nine games for Pittsburgh and
had allowed nine walks with seven strikeouts in 12 innings.
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