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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) could rejoin the Padres' bullpen on Friday.
Benoit threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues and will throw another 'pen session Wednesday. If that goes well, he'll be cleared to return to action. It remains to be seen whether the reliever will immediately regain his closer job, but he certainly needs to be owned in fantasy leagues. Sep 16 - 7:15 PM

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Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

He's expected to need only one additional 'pen session after that before being cleared to return to action. It's not clear whether Benoit will immediately regain his closer job or be eased back into things, but fantasy owners should scoop him up now if they're in need of saves.
Sep 14 - 11:05 AM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) played catch on Saturday.

Benoit has been sidelined since August 31 with shoulder discomfort. He is probably 10 days away from getting back on the mound for the Padres. The closer has a 1.58 ERA with nine saves this year for the Padres. Kevin Quackenbush is filling in as the ninth-inning man.
Sep 6 - 6:46 PM

The Padres have not yet outlined a timetable for Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) to resume throwing.

Benoit is feeling better, but it doesn't sound like he's very close to returning to action. Kevin Quackenbush will continue to handle the closing duties for the Padres while Benoit is on the shelf.
Sep 4 - 7:08 PM

Joaquin Benoit will be sidelined for at least the next few days due to lingering shoulder discomfort.

Benoit missed about a week of action earlier this month with a sore shoulder, and the pain has returned after he made a couple appearances. "It’s all the same (discomfort)," Benoit said. "It was good for a couple of days. When I came back, I guess I didn’t give it enough time for the inflammation to go away. We’re trying to get everything to calm down and then start over." The Padres expect the reliever to be back at some point in the final month, but there's no timetable for his return. Kevin Quackenbush will handle the closing duties for the Pads while Benoit is sidelined.
Aug 31 - 10:58 AM

Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Diamondbacks to earn his eighth save Sunday.

Making his first appearance since August 13 due to a shoulder issue, Benoit struck out one over his inning of work. The right-hander has converted eight of his nine save chances since taking over as closer, and he lowered his ERA to 1.61 with Sunday's outing. Kevin Quackenbush had been filling in during Benoit's absence, but when healthy Benoit is the guy to own in the Padres bullpen.
Aug 24 - 9:15 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said that Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) could be available as soon as Friday.

If not Friday, Benoit is expected to be ready to go on Saturday. There was some worry that the reliever's wonky shoulder could send him to the disabled list, but he threw a bullpen session Thursday with no issues.
Aug 21 - 8:38 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Thursday.

Benoit has been dealing with a shoulder issue for the last several days to the point that a stint on the disabled list was a possibility. However, it appears after the 'pen session Thursday that a DL move will be avoided. Benoit owners should scoop up Kevin Quackenbush just in case, though.
Aug 21 - 7:05 PM

According to's Corey Brock, closer Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) may need a disabled list stint.

Benoit hasn't pitched since last Wednesday due to some crankiness in his right shoulder. Kevin Quackenbush earned his first save of the season on Wednesday night against the Dodgers and is worth grabbing in all mixed fantasy leagues for the stretch run. Shoulder injuries tend to linger, and Quackenbush owns a strong 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 37/13 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings this year.
Aug 21 - 8:52 AM

Joaquin Benoit will not be available Sunday due to what Padres manager Bud Black referred to as a "cranky" shoulder.

The good news is that the club expects Benoit to be fine after Monday's off day. However, Kevin Quackenbush should be stashed just in case, as he's been the team's main setup man of late. Dale Thayer also has some closing experience and is a worthy add.
Aug 17 - 12:20 PM

Joaquin Benoit got into some two-out trouble, but was able to preserve the Padres' two-run lead and pick up his seventh save on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Benoit quickly got two outs in the ninth, but surrendered a single to Ben Paulsen and a double to Charlie Blackmon, putting the tying run in scoring position. Benoit was able to get Drew Stubbs to foul out to right field to end the game. The right-hander is 6-for-7 in save chances since taking over for the departed Huston Street. On the year, he has a 1.64 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 59/14 K/BB ratio.
Aug 13 - 9:48 PM

Joaquin Benoit struck out the side Monday to earn his sixth save as the Padres beat the Rockies 4-3.

He didn't face a murderer's row of Rockies -- whiffing Wilin Rosario, Josh Rutledge and Ben Paulsen -- but it was still a dominant frame. The veteran right-hander boasts a 1.68 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 58/14 K/BB ratio through 48 innings this season. It's lucky he didn't get traded at the deadline, because Benoit should be a top-flight fantasy closer through the end of the season (assuming San Diego doesn't ship out the 37-year-old in a waiver deal).
Aug 12 - 1:51 AM

Joaquin Benoit threw a perfect inning for his fifth save Saturday as the Padres beat the Pirates 2-1.

Benoit struck out two of the three batters he faced in the dominant frame. He survived the trade deadline and now boasts a 1.71 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 55/14 K/BB ratio through 47 1/3 innings this season. The veteran right-hander should continue to provide great fantasy value down the stretch.
Aug 9 - 10:11 PM

Joaquin Benoit escaped a jam to pick up his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Twins.

It wasn't easy, as Benoit permitted a leadoff single to Kurt Suzuki, who was then sacrificed to second. He got Danny Santana to fly out and Eduardo Nunez to pop out to end it following a two-out walk. Benoit had blown his previous save chance, but that was due to an unearned run. He boasts a 1.75 ERA this season and could be a top-flight closer for a Padres team that's playing better ball of late.
Aug 6 - 5:12 PM

Joaquin Benoit allowed an unearned run in the ninth inning to take his first blown save against the Braves on Sunday.

Benoit gave up a leadoff double to Jason Heyward, and a Yangervis Solarte error allowed the run to score. Benoit went on to strike out two over the rest of the inning, but the damage was done. The right-hander is still having a terrific year, owning a 1.79 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 53/13 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings this season. Sunday's blemish shouldn't too much count against him.
Aug 3 - 10:35 PM

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Relief Pitcher
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