Joaquin Benoit RP SD 1 Day

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 1 Day

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

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 1 Day

The Padres have yet to rule out a stay on the DL for Benoit (shoulder), Corey Brock of reports.

Benoit, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 13, is scheduled for a "couple more" days of treatment, according to manager Bud Black, after which the aforementioned decision will be made. Backdating a DL stint would allow Benoit to return before the end of August, which doubles as the waiver trade deadline. If the Padres opt to move the 37-year-old reliever and his $8 million 2015 price tag, closing duties would likely fall on the shoulders of Kevin Quackenbush, at least for the remainder of this season.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 6 Days

Benoit is unavailable out of the bullpen Sunday due to a sore shoulder, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Benoit's shoulder has been described as "cranky," so the team will give him a guaranteed day of rest to help him return to full strength. With a scheduled off day Monday, manager Bud Black expects his closer to be available again Tuesday, suggesting that the soreness is minor. Look for Dale Thayer or Alex Torres to see a save opportunity Sunday if one arises.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 9 Days

Benoit worked around two hits to record a scoreless inning and notch his seventh save of the season Wednesday vs. the Rockies.

Benoit made things a bit nerve-wracking for the Padres by surrendering a single and double in succession to put the tying run in scoring position, but he coaxed a foul out from Drew Stubbs to end the threat. With a magnificent 1.64 ERA and 0.85 WHIP on the season and the trade deadline now in the rear-view mirror, Benoit should enjoy ample job security as Padres closer the rest of the way.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 11 Days

Benoit struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save of the season Monday against the Rockies.

Benoit is 5-for-6 in save opportunites since taking the closer role following the Huston Street trade. The veteran righty owns a 1.68 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and has struck out 58 batters over 48.1 innings.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 13 Days

Benoit struck out a pair during a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to earn his fifth save of the season.

After blowing a save Sunday against the Braves, Benoit has converted each of his two opportunities since. He continues to carry elite ratios, with an ERA that now sits at a tidy 1.71 after Saturday's scoreless appearance.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 18 Days

Benoit suffered his first blown save of the season Sunday during an eventual walkoff win versus the Braves.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 23 Days

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are interested in Joaquin Benoit.

The Yankees' bullpen has been a strength this season, but they could opt to just load up on relief help if they can't get another addition to their rotation. Benoit is also drawing interest from the Dodgers, but the Padres are reluctant to trade within the division and aren't sure they want to deal Benoit at all. The reliever is under contract for $8 million next season and has an $8 million vesting option for 2016.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 24 Days

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are interested in Joaquin Benoit, but the Padres "would prefer not to trade him within division, if they trade him at all."

It's a little silly, given that San Diego is unlikely to contend before Benoit's contract expires. The 37-year-old has taken over as closer for the Padres following the trade of Huston Street and is under contract for $8 million next season and has an $8 million vesting option for 2016.