Pirates recall RHP Van Benschoten in time to make big league debut

Updated: August 19, 2004, 2:15 PM ET
Associated Press

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 been scheduled.

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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