Meanwhile, outfielder Mike Cameron – gunning to make an Opening Day start after having his right wrist surgically repaired in December – may fall just short.
After recovering to the point where he was able to play in six Grapefruit League contests, batting .333, Cameron complained of abnormal pain in the wrist on Friday and was sent back to New York for further examination.
The Mets diagnosed the injury as tendinitis, and with Benson headed to the shelf, the team recalled outfielder Victor Diaz from Triple-A Norfolk in the corresponding roster move. Diaz made the trip with the Mets to Washington for Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Nationals as an insurance policy in case an event such as this cropped up.
If the Mets were still in spring training, the easy move would have been to tab Matt Ginter as a replacement starter for Benson, but New York dealt Ginter to the Detroit Tigers for left-handed reliever Steve Colyer over the weekend, believing that Ginter would not pass through waivers on his way to Triple-A Norfolk.