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Updated: March 22nd, 2013 8:29am
Twins option Joe Benson to AAA, opening path even more for Aaron Hicks

Twins option Joe Benson to AAA, opening path even more for Aaron Hicks

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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The path for Aaron Hicks just opened up even wider.

The Minnesota Twins announced Friday they have optioned outfielder Joe Benson to Triple-A Rochester.

Benson, who was competing for the starting centerfield job, hit just .154/.267/.288 with one home run and no stolen bases in 17 spring games. He is working his way back from knee surgery as well.

The Twins also optioned left-hander Pedro Hernandez to Triple-A and reassigned righty Luis Perdomo to minor league camp.

The spring roster currently stands at 38.

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