Joaquin Benoit RP SD 9 Days

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 14 Days

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 16 Days

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 20 Days

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 22 Days

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 26 Days

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 26 Days

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.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 26 Days

The Padres have yet to rule out a stay on the DL for Benoit (shoulder), Corey Brock of MLB.com 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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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.