FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 27 -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson said he continues to feel pain in his injured right shoulder after almost a week of rehabilitation.
"The range of motion from Day One to now is a lot better," said Benson, who has a partially torn rotator cuff. "The strength is getting much better also. There's definitely progress. As far as alleviating that anterior shoulder pain, we still have a little ways to go. I think we're in the right direction."
Benson will continue rehab for the next three weeks. At that point, he and the team will determine whether he should have season-ending surgery. Benson said he would have to be pain-free in order to pitch without surgery.
"The goal is to pitch with no pain," Benson said. "If I'm pitching with pain, then I really didn't address the issue. Then it'd be a matter of time before it pops up again. Once I do start throwing, if there's still pain, then it's going to get worse, because the reason why it's hurting is because everything is jammed inside the cuff. If I still experience that pain, then that basically means it's still jammed up inside the cuff and it's moving around on that tear and it's just not doing the right thing. The strength and the mobility is a good thing but the pain is the ultimate issue to address."
Penn to Rest AnkleHayden Penn said he expects to be out several days after an MRI exam taken on Monday revealed a minor sprain of his left ankle. Penn, who was injured Sunday while carrying boxes at the team hotel, has been scratched from his scheduled outing on Friday.
"I was like, 'What happened now?' " Penn said. "It was frustrating. And I've had a history of weak ankles, because I played basketball in high school and I'd always roll it. I was just frustrated, [thinking], 'Aw, here we go.' Luckily, today it feels good."
On Tuesday, Penn did some light throwing and spent several minutes on the exercise bike. . . .
Among the standouts in Tuesday's scrimmage were Brandon Fahey and Val Majewski, who each had two hits. Outfielder Jon Knott had two assists and a single.
"We'd like to see him play some defense out there, take a look at him, see if he can't force his way into the picture," Orioles Manager Sam Perlozzo said of Knott. . . .
Outfielder Adam Stern likely will miss a few days of practice with a strained muscle in his right side.
Orioles vs. Orioles
Garrett Olson and Jim Johnson will be the starters in today's intrasquad scrimmage. Each is likely to throw only two innings. Olson is considered a long shot to make the Orioles. Johnson almost certainly will start the season at Class AAA Norfolk.
at Florida in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.