Former Loris pitcher Henry promoted to Myrtle Beach

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have added a familiar face to their Opening Day roster – Ben Henry of Loris.

The former Lion was drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 free-agent draft by the Texas Rangers and has been working his way up through the minor-league ranks.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound righthander, who turns 23 on Monday, started the 2011 campaign at short-season Spokane (Wash), posting a 5.88 earned-run average in 52 innings. He allowed 64 hits while walking 20 and striking out 49.

Henry was promoted to Low-A Hickory (N.C.) last May. He posted a 6-3 record with 2.38 ERA as a reliever/spot starter for the Crawdads.

Henry was initially slated to return to Hickory but got the chance to return home when righthander Ryan Rodebaugh was promoted to Double-A Frisco on Thursday.

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