Kris Benson is making progress.

Real progress.

He threw four-plus innings in an extended spring training game today in Clearwater, Fla. He allowed three hits, one run and one walk. He struck out four. He threw 75 pitches, and his fastball hovered around 86 to 90 mph. That's an increase from his start last week, when he topped out at 87 mph. If Benson comes out of it OK, he will pitch Sunday for single-A Clearwater.

"It was encouraging for him and it was encouraging for us," Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

There's still no timetable for his return, but the Phillies have said sometime between June 15 and July 15 is possible.


Tonight's lineup against Colorado:

1) Jimmy Rollins, SS
2) Shane Victorino, CF
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Pat Burrell, LF
6) Geoff Jenkins, RF
7) Pedro Feliz, 3B
8) Carlos Ruiz, C
9) Kyle Kendrick, P


Keep those questions coming for Greg Dobbs.