Orioles reliever Brian Duensing injured his elbow adjusting his bullpen chair

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Orioles reliever Brian Duensing will undergo surgery on Friday to remove loose cartilage chips in his left elbow, which will keep him out of action for the next four to eight weeks, per Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com.

How did Duensing suffer the injury? He said on Wednesday it happened after adjusting his bullpen chair on Monday, when the Orioles were in Texas to make up a rained out game against the Rangers from April 17.

Duensing signed a minor league deal with the Royals in February, then signed a new one in March, and opted out last month. The Orioles then snapped him up on a minor league contract shortly thereafter. The lefty had appeared in only seven games, but yielded four runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings at the big league level.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.