Benoit sidelined by shoulder pain

Benoit sidelined by shoulder pain

SAN DIEGO -- Closer Joaquin Benoit, who went 11 days between appearances recently because of a sore right shoulder, will be sidelined again after the pain in his shoulder returned.

Benoit made two appearances, on Aug. 24 and 26, and felt soreness in his shoulder after the second of those appearances. He wasn't available to pitch Friday and manager Bud Black isn't sure when he'll be back.

But Black is adamant about one thing.

"He'll pitch [again]," Black said before Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

Benoit pitched on Aug. 13 and then didn't appear in a game again until that outing on Aug. 24. He said that he felt good after that appearance but the pain -- similar pain -- returned after his outing Aug. 26 against the Brewers.

"It was good for a couple of days and came back, we didn't give it enough time to let the inflammation go away," Benoit said. "So now we start over."

Benoit, in his first season with the Padres, is 4-2 with nine saves and a 1.58 ERA in 51 1/3 innings. He has been the closer since the team traded All-Star Huston Street to the Angels in July.

The team will use rookie Kevin Quackenbush as closer in the interim with Dale Thayer and Nick Vincent getting chances to set him up.

As for Benoit, he'll wait patiently like he did before.

"It's a situation where you have to let it get better," he said. "But I'll be back on the mound."

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.