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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (40) / 7/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1996 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals transferred RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Mark Reynolds. Benoit has been out since mid-March with a strained right forearm. May 13 - 8:42 AM

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Joaquin Benoit (forearm) has resumed a throwing program.

He obviously has a few more hoops to jump through, but he's on the comeback trail. Benoit has been out since mid-March with a strained right forearm.
Apr 27 - 5:01 PM

Nationals placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.

Benoit made three appearances this spring before being shut down. It's unclear when he might be ready to join the Nats' bullpen. The 40-year-old signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Washington over the winter.
Mar 27 - 3:32 PM

Joaquin Benoit revealed Wednesday that he will not be ready for the start of the season due to a forearm strain.

That's the reason he hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game for the past week. Benoit will stay back at extended spring training to rehab. There is no timetable for when he might be ready, but it sounds like it'll be weeks rather than months. The veteran right-hander signed a one-year, $1 million free agent contract with the Nationals in February after posting a 4.65 ERA and 46/22 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings last season between the Phillies and Pirates.
Mar 21 - 9:28 AM

Nationals signed RHP Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Benoit posted an underwhelming 4.65 ERA and 46/22 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings last season between the Phillies and Pirates, but he was still able to land a guaranteed major league contract at age 40. The veteran right-hander figures to work in middle relief this year with Washington.
Feb 21 - 10:40 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Nationals have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that it's a one-year guaranteed major league deal worth $1 million. Benoit, now 40 years old, posted a shaky 4.65 ERA in 52 appearances last year between the Pirates and Phillies. He figures to operate in middle relief.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Joaquin Benoit has left the Pirates in order to tend to a family matter in his native Dominican Republic.

It's unclear how long he'll be away, but the Pirates won't need to make a move with rosters being expanded. Benoit holds a 7.56 ERA over eight appearances since joining Pittsburgh.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 05:38:00 PM

Pirates activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day disabled list.

He threw a simulated game on Wednesday. For the year, Benoit has an ERA of 4.74 with 45 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 03:42:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit (knee) will throw a simulated game Wednesday.

Benoit has missed a week with knee inflammation. He should be ready to go Friday when rosters expand.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Pirates placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Benoit walked four batters on Monday night against the Dodgers, though he did ultimately throw two scoreless innings. The veteran right-hander will probably miss two weeks.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 05:07:00 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Joaquin Benoit and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Seth McGarry.

He throws with a different arm, but Benoit will essentially slide into a setup role vacated by Tony Watson. The veteran righty holds a 4.07 ERA and 43/16 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this season.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 04:28:00 PM

Phillies activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day disabled list.

Benoit had been out all month with a sprained knee. He'll go back to setting up and could get in the closer mix with Hector Neris struggling.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Phillies placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

It's unclear at this point how long he might be out. Benoit was working on a streak of eight straight scoreless appearances, lowering his season ERA to 3.68. He also has an impressive 1.05 WHIP in 22 total innings this year.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 03:43:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit surrendered five earned runs while recording just one out Wednesday versus the Mariners.

Benoit walked three and gave up three hits in the top of the seventh inning, quickly turning a 3-3 game into a rout for Seattle. The veteran right-hander owns a 5.79 ERA in 15 total appearances this season. He hasn't earned a save since mid-April, though he does have seven holds.
Wed, May 10, 2017 05:04:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit took his second blown save after giving up a solo homer in the eighth inning Thursday against the Cubs.

It's unclear if Benoit would have been asked to go for the two-inning save had he gotten through the eighth scoreless. The Phillies went to Jeanmar Gomez in a tie game in the ninth and never used Hector Neris even as the game extended to 13 innings. It's hard to tell exactly what Pete Mackanin is thinking about in relation to the ninth right now.
Thu, May 4, 2017 06:57:00 PM

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C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
3Mark Reynolds
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Adrian Sanchez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Juan Soto
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Carlos Torres
10Trevor Gott
11Wander Suero