Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Kris Benson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday, a move that will likely end his season.
Benson had been on the 15-day DL with irritation in his shoulder since July 28.
Pirates team doctor Edward Snell had determined that Benson did not need surgery on the shoulder, and Benson sought a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Andrews concurred with Snell's opinion, and Benson asked for a third opinion from another doctor.
Pirates spokesman Jim Trdinich said that the third doctor also agreed with Andrews' and Snell's assessments, and that Benson is not scheduled to undergo surgery at this time.
Benson, 28, was 5-9 this season with a 4.97 ERA in 18 starts. He was the overall No. 1 pick by the Pirates in the 1996 amateur draft.
``Our pitching is a little fragile right now,'' Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. ``The depth isn't there when you lose Jeff Suppan and Benson.''
The Pirates traded Suppan to the Boston Red Sox last month.