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Updated: May 24th, 2012 2:58pm
Joe Benson to miss six weeks after undergoing hamate surgery

Joe Benson to miss six weeks after undergoing hamate surgery

by Phil Mackey
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More bad injury news for the Minnesota Twins.

Outfielder Joe Benson, who was ranked as Baseball America's 99th-best prospect heading into the season, will undergo hamate bone surgery on Friday in Fort Myers. The injury is likely to sideline Benson for six weeks.

Benson was recently demoted from Triple-A Rochester to Double-A New Britain. He has been sidelined for a week with the sore hand, but prior to that his numbers with New Britain were not good -- .156/.250/.250 with one home run in 36 plate appearances. Benson hit .179/.269/.316 with two home runs in 108 trips with Rochester.

Benson was a September call-up for the Twins last season and coaches had been trying to get him to cut down on strikeouts and develop better plate discipline.

This will not be the first time Benson has missed significant time due to injury. He was sidelined for a month last year with a torn meniscus, missed time in 2008 with back problems, and also sat out two months in 2009 with a broken hand he suffered after punching a wall.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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