Joaquin Benoit RP SD 3 Months

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 3 Months

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.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 3 Months

Benoit (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, and could be active for the Padres on Friday, the Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders reports.

Kevin Quackenbush has been holding down the ninth inning in Benoit's absence, but the Padres' closer seems likely to return this weekend, if a save situation were to arise.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Benoit (shoulder) played catch Saturday, the Associated Press reports.

Benoit, who has missed the last 10 games, came through the session without issue, but still likely remains, at the very least, a few days away from a return to the Padres' bullpen. He'll probably need to toss a couple of strong side sessions before the team feels comfortable re-inserting him into the closer's role.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Benoit (shoulder) will likely be sidelined for another 8-to-10 days, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.

This would match a similar timetable the Padres followed with Benoit when he experienced shoulder soreness earlier this month, and with San Diego out of contention, it's no surprise they will play it safe with Benoit. Kevin Quackenbush figures to see the save opportunities in the short term, and those in shallower leagues may want to look to the waiver wire, as Benoit could only be available over the final two weeks.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Benoit is experiencing some renewed discomfort in his right shoulder and will be sidelined for at least a few days, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Padres have decided to shut down Benoit until the inflammation in his shoulder subsides, but there's no specific timetable for when that may occur. Benoit was sidelined for 11 days with the sore shoulder earlier this month, but returned last Sunday to record two saves within a three-game span. With the 37-year-old facing an uncertain return date, the Padres will likely turn to Kevin Quackenbush as their closer for as long as Benoit remains sidelined.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Benoit retired the side in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Brewers, securing his ninth save of the season in the 4-1 victory.

All of Benoit's outs came via fly outs, with the favorable dimensions of Petco Park seemingly bailing him out on two of the pop flies. Benoit has gone 9-for-10 in save chances this season while recording a 1.58 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio over 51.1 innings.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Benoit (shoulder) secured his eighth save of the season Sunday in Arizona, tossing a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout.

Making his first appearance since Aug. 13 as a result of a sore shoulder, Benoit managed six strikes during the 12-pitch frame, during which he induced two popouts and the aforementioned punchout. By proving his health, the 38-year-old veteran will assume his place as the Padres' closer, thereby pushing Kevin Quackenbush back to the setup role.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Benoit (shoulder) could pitch as early as Friday or Saturday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Benoit took a step in the right direction Thursday when he threw a bullpen session under the observation of manager Bud Black. The Padres' skipper apparently liked what he saw, and is confident enough to declare his availability over the next couple days.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Benoit (shoulder) has proceeded to throwing off a mound, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

Benoit had been contained to long toss, so progress has been made with his recovery from a "cranky" right shoulder. The 37-year-old reliever is expected to endure a few more days of treatment before a call is made on a DL stint, one way or the other. If the Padres opt to deal Benoit during the waiver trade deadline, Kevin Quackenbush would likely be entrusted for closing duties for the remainder of the year.