Benson -- who was signed by Texas as a Minor League free agent at the start of Spring Training -- tried pitching through the soreness in his first two starts of the season. But it wasn't until his bullpen session on Sunday that the problem became too much, so Benson and the club decided it was time to take a few days off.
"I've been dealing with that for a couple of weeks trying to keep that under control and the last start was it kind of a little bit more aggravated than normal after the game," Benson said.
In his last start, against Baltimore last Wednesday, Benson allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He walked three, struck out two and collected the win, getting a lot of run support in the 19-6 romp over the Orioles.
Against Detroit in his first start of the year, Benson allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits over five innings, taking the loss.
The right-hander said that throwing cut-fastballs tends to aggravate his elbow and as a result, he threw only three against Baltimore's hitters during his last start. Instead, he relied predominantly on regular fastballs. Benson also said he may have thrown too many cutters against the Tigers, which did not help matters.
With Benson's start moved to Saturday, the Rangers' starting pitchers will each move up one day. Left-hander Matt Harrison will start on Wednesday, while Kevin Millwood gets the nod on Thursday. Vicente Padilla will open the series in Baltimore on Friday.
Benson missed the last two full Major League seasons because of a rotator cuff problems. Thankfully for the pitcher, though, that is unrelated to his current elbow issues.
"I could probably get out there and [pitch], but the thing is it's just going to continue to get aggravated every start," Benson said
Texas manager Ron Washington conceded that there was no need to rush the pitcher, given that the season is still in its early stages.
"That's why we pushed everybody forward," Washington said. "Benson will fall on Saturday, so we'll just see where we are then."