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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1996 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Joaquin Benoit (calf) has resumed running and plans to pitch in 2017.
Benoit tore a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season and was unable to pitch in the playoffs, but he's recovered now and has drawn interest on the free agent market. The 39-year-old proved he still has something left after posting a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances with the Blue Jays down the stretch. Nov 30 - 12:12 PM

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Joaquin Benoit (calf) is no longer using crutches and has resumed throwing on flat ground.

Benoit has been unavailable so far this postseason after tearing a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season. It's possible he could make it back if the Blue Jays advance to the World Series, but even that isn't a given. Benoit obviously needs to resume throwing off a mound before a potential return can be seriously talked about.
Oct 17 - 4:33 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that Joaquin Benoit (calf) won't be ready for the ALCS.

It's not a big surprise. Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle in the final week of the regular season and Blue Jays trainer George Poulis recently said that his recovery has gone "very slow."
Oct 11 - 2:39 PM

Blue Jays trainer George Poulis said Joaquin Benoit's recovery from a torn calf muscle has gone "very slow."

Benoit has been getting daily treatment but is still on crutches.'s Gregor Chisholm indicated that Benoit doesn't have "much of a shot" at making it back for the ALCS, should the Blue Jays make it that far. The 39-year-old allowed just one run in 25 appearances for Toronto before his injury.
Oct 8 - 4:59 PM

Joaquin Benoit has been diagnosed with a torn muscle in his calf.

He won't pitch again in the regular season, but it sounds like the veteran reliever could be an option at some point in October if the Blue Jays are able to make a deep postseason run. Benoit suffered the injury during Monday's benches-clearing fracas with the Yankees. He had registered a fantastic 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with Toronto.
Sep 27 - 4:22 PM

Joaquin Benoit (calf) was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches.

That doesn't sound good. Benoit reportedly injured his calf in the scrum during Monday's benches-clearing brawl. While no official diagnosis has been announced, it sounds like it's potentially serious.
Sep 27 - 12:14 AM

Joaquin Benoit injured his calf during Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

Mae notes that it could be similar to the calf injury Brett Cecil suffered during the playoffs last year. Obviously that would be a tough blow ahead of the postseason, but we should know more about his status soon.
Sep 26 - 10:52 PM

Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field following Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

Uh oh. It's unclear what caused the injury, but Benoit was seen limping off the field. It would be a big loss for the Blue Jays, as Benoit owns a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances since coming over to the Blue Jays in July.
Sep 26 - 8:36 PM

Blue Jays acquired RHP Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for RHP Drew Storen.

These are two big-name relievers, but they've both been awful this season and it's really just a minor trade. Storen was actually designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this week. Benoit, 39, had a 5.18 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 28/15 K/BB ratio through 24 1/3 innings this year with Seattle.
Jul 26 - 11:14 PM

Mariners activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 15-day disabled list.

Benoit made it through another throwing session without issue on Tuesday afternoon and will be available out of the Mariners' bullpen on Tuesday night. The veteran setup man wound up missing a little over three weeks because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
May 17 - 4:17 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will try throwing Tuesday.

If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday's game. Benoit has been sidelined since April 21 with shoulder inflammation, but he should be back in a set-up role before long.
May 17 - 3:42 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) declared himself ready to return after throwing a simulated inning on Saturday.

His shoulder is 100 percent and Benoit said it's just up to the front office now. It doesn't look like he'll need a rehab assignment. Benoit could return to his setup role in the Mariners' bullpen any day now.
May 14 - 6:56 PM

When healthy, Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will rejoin the Mariners bullpen without being sent on a rehab assignment.

Benoit threw a successful bullpen on Wednesday and will make a simulated appearance on Saturday. Shoulder inflammation sidelined him in late April, but he could be ready to return to the majors as early as next week.
May 11 - 6:21 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) threw another successful bullpen session on Wednesday.

Benoit will make a simulated appearance this weekend and could be activated next week if everything continues to go according to plan. The veteran right-hander has been out since April 21 with shoulder inflammation.
May 11 - 2:34 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Wednesday.

Benoit made it through a mound workout Monday without issue and will throw with a little more intensity on Wednesday. He could then make a simulated appearance over the weekend. Out since April 21 with right shoulder inflammation, Benoit should be ready to rejoin the Mariners' bullpen late next week.
May 10 - 6:31 PM

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