Joaquin Benoit

#53 RP / Pittsburgh Pirates / EXP: 16YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 250 lb Age: 40 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Benoit left the Pirates to attend to a family matter in the Dominican Republic, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. It's unclear how long Benoit will be away from the team, but Daniel Hudson, George Kontos and A.J. Schugel will be in charge of getting the ball to Felipe Rivero in the meantime. Benoit, who owns an unimpressive 4.65 ERA through 50.1 innings this season, will return to a setup role out of Pittsburgh's bullpen once he returns.

    • Benoit (knee) was reinstated from the 10-day DL on Friday. Benoit rejoins the team prior to Friday's game against the Reds following a 10-day stay on the disabled list. The right-hander was able to toss a simulated game Tuesday and appears to be at full health going into the weekend.

    • Pirates' Joaquin Benoit: Slated for simulated game
      By RotoWire Staff

      Benoit (knee) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. If Benoit can get through Tuesday's simulated game without issue, there's a good chance he'll be able to return when eligible Sept. 1. It's unclear whether the Pirates will bother with a rehab stint at this point; expect an update Wednesday, once the club can evaluate the impact of the simulated game on Benoit's knee.

    • Benoit allowed two hits, two walks and two runs while retiring just one batter Friday against the Padres. He's served up homers in both of his outings since coming over in a trade to the Pirates. As a result, Benoit could become relegated to pitching in low-leverage situations until he finds his bearings.

    • Benoit has 17 strikeouts in 13.2 innings since coming off the disabled list June 11. Despite now sitting at 36 strikeouts on the season, it appears the stress on Benoit's arm has finally caught up to him as he's posting his first ERA over 4.00 since 2008 with Texas. The velocity hasn't been the problem, with his fastball actually averaging a career best 94.9 mph. Instead, the main issue has been the control as batters are seeing his pitches and getting contact against him at consistent rates.

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