John Van Benschoten pitched for the Pirates´ rookie league affiliate in Bradenton yesterday. His next start will be for Altoona.
Congratulations to Van Benschoten for making it so far down the road back from injury. But this isn´t big news. He´s unlikely to pitch for the Pirates any time soon, if he ever does. He will be 27 (!) next season, and he has never pitched particularly well above Class AA (though he had a decent stretch at AAA in 2004 after a rough start, if memory serves). If the Pirates actually had many prospects to protect on the 40 man roster this offseason, he´d probably be gone.