Joaquin Benoit RP SD 2 months ago

Benoit earned the win in relief Friday night against the Cardinals with a scoreless eighth inning.

While he's worked in front of Craig Kimbrel all season, Benoit has managed to pick up five wins and 10 holds while posting excellent ratios (2.12 ERA, 0.79 WHIP) on the strength of a 30:13 K:BB. If the Padres are looking to shed payroll at the non-waiver trade deadline, Benoit could be flipped to a club seeking a bullpen upgrade in the coming weeks.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 months ago

Benoit (arm) tossed a scoreless inning against the Rockies on Sunday.

He did not pitch in four consecutive games after getting roughed up by the Astros on April 27. The Padres indicated that Benoit was slowed by a case of dead arm, but the return to action Sunday suggests that it's not a serious ailment.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 months ago

Benoit (arm) will play catch Sunday, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.

Benoit is being listed as day-to-day for now, but there's legitimate concern but the dead-arm phase that he's dealing with could result in his eventual placement on the DL. The Padres will use his performance following Sunday's catch session as a gauge for determining how much time he might be forced to miss as a result of the issue.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 months ago

Manager Bud Black indicated Saturday that Benoit is suffering from dead arm, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Benoit struggled in his last outing Apr. 27, allowing three runs on two walks and two hits. It looks as though that can partially be chalked up to the dead arm. There was no indication of whether or not a DL stint will be required, consider him day-to-day for now.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 5 months ago

Bennett got the win on Friday in a 1-0 victory over San Francisco, pitching a scoreless top of the eighth before the Padres scored in the bottom of the inning.

Benoit was displaced as the Padres closer by the trade for Craig Kimbrel, but he will still pitch high leverage innings that will yield holds and he should strikeout his fair share as well.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 5 months ago

Benoit will likely no longer be the Padres' closer after they acquired Craig Kimbrel from the Braves on Sunday.

Benoit was slated to be San Diego's closer until Sunday, when a block buster trade sent Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. to the Padres. This is a big hit to Benoit's value as he will have saves completely removed from his fantasy contributions. Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reported that there were some concerns about Benoit's velocity throughout the spring.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 5 months ago

Benoit continues to solidify his standing as San Diego's closer heading into the regular season, the Union-Tribune reports.

Benoit has yet to allow a hit or a run over three appearances this spring. There are several options behind Benoit for the closer's role, including Kevin Quackenbush and Shawn Kelley, but it appears Benoit is on track to win the job as it stands right now.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 6 months ago

Benoit is expected to close for the Padres to begin the season after he converted 11-of-12 save opportunities in 2014, the Padres' official site reports.

Kevin Quackenbush is expected to have a role in the bullpen, but his roster spot was reportedly non-guaranteed to begin the season when spring training started a couple of weeks ago. With the addition of Shawn Kelley and Brandon Maurer via offseason trades, there are more viable alternatives to work the ninth inning than there were during the second half of last season after Huston Street was traded to the Angels.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 11 months ago

Manager Bud Black remains non-committal on whether he would use Benoit in a save situation at this point in the season, the Union Tribune's Jeff Sanders reports.

He's active to pitch Tuesday, and made his return from a shoulder injury Sunday, but for those trying to pick up some saves over the final few days of the regular season, Benoit isn't a lock to get those opportunities, as Kevin Quackenbush still remains in the mix.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 11 months ago

Benoit (shoulder) may not see save opportunities immediately upon his return, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Benoit could possibly be back with the the Padres as early as Friday, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll return to pitch in the ninth inning right away. If that turns out to be the situation, look for Kevin Quackenbush to continue to see work in save situations through the weekend series with the Giants. After Thursday, there's just 10 games remaining on the Padres' schedule, making it a bit cloudy how much Benoit would actually be able to help fantasy owners during the final stretch.