(7/15/2010) The Marlins have released RP Armando Benitez, who had been pitching for Triple-A New Orleans. In eight appearances for the Zephyrs, he was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and four saves.
Fish sign Benitez to minor-league deal
(6/24/2010) Florida signed RP Armando Benitez to a minor-league deal on Thursday, according to MLB.com. The 37-year-old veteran will join Triple-A New Orleans. Benitez has been playing independent baseball and not pitched in a MLB game since 2008. If he gets called up by the Marlins, it will be his third stint with the club.
Benitez looks good in comeback
(8/24/2009) From The Sports Xchange: Former star closer Armando Benitez, who has nearly 300 major league saves in his career, signed a minor-league contract with the Astros after going 1-0 with 16 saves and a 2.86 ERA with Newark of the Independent League. Benitez, who was 40-47 with 289 saves and a 3.13 ERA from 1994 through 2008, was scouted recently by former Astros infielder Enos Cabell, a special assistant to GM Ed Wade. "Enos reported that Armando was in very good shape and was throwing well," Ed Wade said. "Tim Raines, who is managing the Newark club, believes that Benitez is highly motivated to get back to the big leagues. We'll give Armando a chance to finish the season at Round Rock and then determine where we go from there."
Benitez signed to minor league deal
(8/22/2009) Former big league closer Armando Benitez and the Astros have agreed to a minor league contract. "We'll give Armando a chance to finish the season at Round Rock and then determine where we go from there," Astros general manager Ed Wade said in a statement Saturday.
Benitez outrighted to Triple-A
(6/15/2008) The Blue Jays sent RHP Armando Benitez outright to Triple-A Syracuse. He had been designated for assignment June 6.
Benitez sent back down
(6/7/2008) Besides activating Vernon Wells Saturday before Toronto's game against the Orioles, the Blue Jays also activated INF John McDonald from the 15-day DL and recalled Brian Wolfe from Triple-A Syracuse. To make room on the roster, Toronto placed 2B Aaron Hill (concussion) on the 15-day DL, designated RHP Armando Benitez for assignment and optioned INF/OF Joe Inglett to Syracuse.
Benitez summoned by Blue Jays
(5/10/2008) Toronto purchased the contract of right-hander Armando Benitez from Triple-A Syracuse. Benitez made eight appearances in the minors between Dunedin and Syracuse, posting a 3.38 ERA in eight innings of work.
Benitez set to pitch again Friday
(5/9/2008) Blue Jays RP Armando Benitez, who has been sidelined by a hamstring injury, is due to join Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. Benitez signed a non-roster deal with the Blue Jays during spring training.
Benitez to work in extended spring
(4/29/2008)Armando Benitez plans to throw an extended spring training game Saturday in Dunedin, Fla. Benitez, with 289 saves in 18 seasons, signed a minor league contract with Toronto on March 11 and strained a leg muscle in a minor league game April 12.
Benitez throws in B.J. Ryan's game
(4/5/2008) RP Armando Benitez, who signed a minor-league contract with Toronto in March, threw in the same minor-league game as B.J. Ryan on Saturday. Benitez, who has 289 career major league saves over 18 seasons, struck out the side during his one inning.
Benitez throws in minor league game
(3/21/2008)Armando Benitez threw a scoreless inning for Triple-A Syracuse against a minor league team on Friday in his second minor league appearance, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out three.
Benitez throwing in minor games
(3/19/2008) RHP Armando Benitez faced live hitters for the first time this spring, throwing 14 pitches in a minor league outing at Dunedin, Fla. "I felt good," he said. Blue Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said Benitez will throw in a minor league game again Friday.
Benitez closer to pitching
(3/17/2008) The Toronto Star reports that reliever Armando Benitez threw a bullpen session Sunday in anticipation of pitching in a game later this week.
Benitez says he's ready to go
(3/13/2008)Armando Benitez is happy to be in camp with the Blue Jays. It doesn't matter to the 35-year-old that he has a minor league contract that will pay him $700,000 if he makes the major league roster, and he's not concerned that he only signed Tuesday. Benitez is fully focused on making the most of his opportunity. "I didn't think about it," Benitez said. "I'm here to help the team the moment they need me. I was working out in the Dominican to be ready the moment I came into the United States." Benitez said Toronto's offer was his best chance to make a team this year. "This team is great, they have great personalities," Benitez said. "Yes it's true, my best first day in camp." Benitez said he hopes to get into a simulated game within a week.
Blue Jays give Benitez minor deal
(3/11/2008) Relief pitcher Armando Benitez agreed to Tuesday to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays. The 35-year-old right-hander went 2-8 with a 5.37 ERA and nine saves in 55 games with Florida and San Francisco last season. Benitez has 289 saves over a 14-year, including a career-high 47 with Florida in 2004. The Blue Jays would be his seventh team.
Benitez among Marlins to file as FA
(11/9/2007) The following Marlins have filed for free agency: RP Armando Benitez, 3B/1B Aaron Boone and pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim.
Benitez misses most of September
(9/30/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action for Sunday's season finale against the Mets.
Benitez doesn't face former team
(9/29/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Saturday against the Mets.
Fish continue to hold out Benitez
(9/28/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Thursday against the Cubs.
Benitez might miss entire month
(9/27/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Wednesday against the Cubs.
Benitez remains out of action
(9/25/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Tuesday against the Cubs.
Benitez still not able to go
(9/23/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Sunday against the Mets.
Marlins still don't use Benitez
(9/22/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez's inactive streak continued Saturday against the Mets. Benitez, who has not pitched since Sept. 1, missed yet another game while recovering from a back injury.
Benitez remains in bullpen
(9/22/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Friday against the Mets.
Benitez doesn't face old team
(9/21/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Thursday against the Mets.
(9/19/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Wednesday night at Atlanta.
Benitez doesn't pitch on Tuesday
(9/19/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Tuesday night at Atlanta.
Benitez remains out Monday
(9/17/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 with a sore back, remained out of action Monday night at Atlanta.
Benitez left in Miami
(9/14/2007) The Marlins left RP Armando Benitez behind in Miami as they opened up a three-game series Friday in Colorado. "He will work with a physical therapist to work on his back problems," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "There was no sense of making him get on a plane for four hours with his sore back."
RP Benitez doesn't pitch Tuesday
(9/12/2007) RP Armando Benitez (back) and C Matt Treanor (knee) didn't play in Tuesday's game at Washington.
Benitez doesn't pitch Monday
(9/11/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez (back) remained out of action Monday against Washington.
Benitez doesn't pitch Sunday
(9/9/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez (back) remained out of action Sunday against the Phillies.
Benitez still day to day
(9/8/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez (back) remained out of action Saturday against the Phillies.
Benitez doesn't return Friday
(9/7/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez (back) remained out of action Friday against the Phillies.
Benitez waits out in 'pen
(9/5/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez (back) remained out of action Wednesday against the Nationals.
Gardner taking Benitez's role?
(9/5/2007) Lee Gardner, and not Armando Benitez (back), served as the setup man Tuesday night.
Benitez still day to day
(9/2/2007) Marlins reliever Armando Benitez (back) was unavailable Sunday afternoon vs. Philadelphia. He remains day to day.
Benitez leaves with back injury
(9/1/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez, who walked the two hitters he faced, left Saturday's game against the Phillies because of a lower back strain. Both players eventually scored and Benitez was charged with two runs.
'Blownitez' strikes again Tues.
(8/29/2007) Chipper Jones connected off Armando Benitez in the eighth Tuesday on a 3-2 pitch after Kelly Johnson's leadoff walk. It was Jones' 22nd home run of the season.
Molina, Ludwick lead rally on Benitez
(8/22/2007) Yadier Molina knocked in the tying run in the eighth Tuesday, when St. Louis was aided by two crucial errors. Ryan Ludwick's two-run shot capped the rally, all against Armando Benitez (2-8). "I don't think mine was as big as the guys before me," Ludwick said. "I'm just pretty fired up about that comeback win."
RP Benitez blows it vs. Rockies
(8/3/2007) Colorado trailed 3-2 when Kaz Matsui led off the top of the eighth inning with a bunt single against Armando Benitez (2-7). All-Star Matt Holliday followed with an opposite-field drive to the wall. "He hit a hanging slider," Benitez said. "Hey, what can I do? He got me."
Benitez booed, pitches hitless inning
(7/29/2007) Former Giants closer Armando Benitez was greeted with loud boos when he replaced Dontrelle Willis in the eighth -- his first appearance in San Francisco since being traded to the Marlins on May 31. Benitez, called the "whipping boy" for the Giants' struggles by GM Brian Sabean at the time of the trade, pitched a hitless inning.
Benitez back on the mound
(7/26/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez (illness) returned to action Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. He pitched one inning of relief, allowing one hit while striking out two.
Benitez coming back from flu
(7/25/2007) RHP Armando Benitez has not pitched of late because of flu-like symptoms.
Marlins' Benitez struggles with flu
(7/24/2007) RHP Armando Benitez (flu-like symptoms) missed the July 23 game.
Benitez content with setup role
(6/23/2007)The Sports Xchange reports RP Armando Benitez is content to be the Marlins' setup man as RP Kevin Gregg does well in the closer's role. But if Benitez ever hopes to close for Florida someday, he needs to pitch better than he did Friday when he allowed two runs in the eighth for a blown save. Florida went on to win 5-4 by scoring a run in its half of the eighth. Benitez did pick up the win.
RP Benitez earns first win
(6/20/2007) Armando Benitez (1-3) pitched one inning in Tuesday's game at Chicago White Sox for the win. Kevin Gregg got his 12th save in 12 chances with a perfect ninth.
Benitez gives up HR, gets hold
(6/17/2007) John Buck homered leading off the second Saturday. His second homer, off Armando Benitez in the eighth, made it 9-7. "I just try to stay within myself," Buck said. "I was just trying to make solid contact and I got some good wood on it."
Benitez works perfect frame
(6/13/2007) Armando Benitez pitched a perfect eighth inning on Tuesday against the Indians and Kevin Gregg finished it off for his 10th save in as many chances.
Benitez makes Marlins debut
(6/1/2007) Marlins RP Armando Benitez (knee) was able to make his Marlins debut Friday against the Brewers. Benitez, acquired Thursday in a trade that sent Randy Messenger to the Giants, pitched a scoreless eighth inning. He walked one and struck out one.
(6/1/2007) Armando Benitez returned to the Florida Marlins on Friday, and the veteran right-hander said he had no problem moving from his customary closer job to a setup role. Benitez was the closer for the San Francisco Giants until they sent him to the Marlins Thursday night for reliever Randy Messenger. "They are bringing me here knowing we have a chance to win," Benitez said before the Marlins played the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night.
Benitez returns to Florida
(5/31/2007) The San Francisco Giants traded struggling closer Armando Benitez to the Florida Marlins for reliever Randy Messenger on Thursday night. Benitez was not in the clubhouse after the Giants' 4-2 loss and his locker was completely cleaned out. "Maybe Elvis has left the building," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. The Marlins expect Benitez to join the team in Milwaukee on Friday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that Kevin Gregg will remain the team's closer for the time being. "We'll sit down and talk to (Benitez)," Gonzalez said. "Right now, Kevin has earned that opportunity (to close) and we'll see."
Benitez blows saves, rests knee
(5/31/2007) The Giants needed a closer Wednesday night, and guess who they didn't pick? That's right. Armando Benitez. One night earlier, Benitez had one of the ugliest blown saves you'd ever see, issuing a leadoff walk, balking twice and giving up a walk-off homer to Carlos Delgado. He gave up two runs and lost to the Mets. Well, the Giants found themselves in another save situation Wednesday. They led 3-0 in the ninth at Shea Stadium, and they called on ... Brad Hennessey. Conveniently, Benitez had discomfort in his right knee, according to manager Bruce Bochy, who said before the game Benitez would be unavailable for a couple of days. Bochy said the knee needed draining and that his closer would be the guy best suited based on past matchups. So he picked Hennessey.
Reyes causes Benitez to flinch
(5/30/2007) Jose Reyes forced a pair of balks off Armand Benitez, who blew the save and took the loss Tuesday night. "I just tried to put some pressure on him," Reyes said, "and it worked."
Benitez breathes sigh, gets save
(5/23/2007) Armando Benitez finished for his ninth save in 10 chances, getting a scare when Carlos Lee's long fly to center came up a few feet short of a tying two-run homer. "Lee hit it well but unfortunately it went to the wrong part of the ballpark," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "We scored two runs and we didn't make that stand up. We didn't have very many chances."
Benitez solid for eighth save
(5/17/2007) The Giants called on Armando Benitez Thursday against the Astros to close the door in a 2-1, 12-inning win. Benitez started the inning by getting Lance Berkman to fly out, and then he struck out Carlos Lee and Morgan Ensberg for his eighth save. Benitez's last save came back on April 26 against the Dodgers.
Benitez blows save for Giants
(5/16/2007) Armando Benitez, who hadn't blown a save all season, gave up the tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday at Houston after the Giants had rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead.
Benitez takes loss vs. Mets
(5/10/2007) New York rallied to win its second straight series, loading the bases in the ninth against former Mets closer Armando Benitez (0-1), who has converted all seven of his save opportunities but needed work even in a non-save situation.
Benitez pitches in non-save outing
(5/5/2007) Giants RP Armando Benitez (knee) returned to the team's lineup Friday against the Phillies. He pitched a scoreless inning of relief in a non-save opportunity. He struck out one.
Benitez gets extra day to rest
(5/4/2007) RHP Armando Benitez wasn't needed in Thursday's loss, giving him another day to rest his sore knee. Wednesday's game called for a closer, but Benitez was unavailable and stayed out of the game as RHP Brad Hennessey finished the victory
Benitez expected to be ready
(5/4/2007) RHP Brad Hennessey would be the Giants' closer should anything happen to RHP Armando Benitez, who was unavailable on Wednesday with a knee problem. "We think a lot of Hennessey," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has the make up for a guy you'd want in late in the game."
A. Benitez unavailable Wednesday
(5/3/2007) Giants closer Armando Benitez was unavailable Wednesday vs. Colorado because of a sore right knee. He is considered day to day. Benitez, who has converted all seven of his save chances, hoped to be ready to pitch in the opener of a four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night. "It's all right," he said. "I'll be ready for tomorrow."
Benitez 7-for-7 in save ops
(5/2/2007) Manager Bruce Bochy isn't surprised by closer Armando Benitez's success, converting all seven of his save chances. "I felt this way in winter, in spring. This guy a couple of years ago was one of the elite closers and that he would be healthy and we'd see a different Armando Benitez," Bochy said. "And we have."
Benitez earns seventh save
(4/27/2007) Kevin Correia (1-1) got the victory, allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout in Thursday's game at L.A. Dodgers. Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.
Benitez picks up sixth save
(4/26/2007) Armando Benitez pitched the ninth at the Dodgers Wednesday for his sixth save in as many chances.
Benitez finally slimmer, healthier
(4/23/2007) Gone are the extra pounds Armando Benitez carried on his 6-foot-4 frame, and gone are the aches in his arthritic knees and tender hamstrings that made it difficult to do the workouts necessary to improve his fitness level. His right knee was so bad last year he could barely put pressure on it. "It's not easy to be on the mound on only one leg," said Benitez, who missed 96 games in 2005 in his first season with the Giants following surgery to reattach two torn hamstring tendons to the pelvis. "I know I can pitch. Right now I'm happy. I'm confident in my pitches." The Giants can count on Benitez coming through in the ninth again. That's after they tried to get rid of him this winter only to learn there weren't many interested teams.
Benitez secures fourth save
(4/21/2007) Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his fourth save in as many opportunities Saturday vs. Arizona, finishing off a five-hitter. Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo grounded out with runners on the corners to end the game.
Armando Benitez: Armando's back
(4/21/2007) Armando Benitez, lean and healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, finished Friday's game vs. Arizona for his third save in as many chances. He worked out of a jam after allowing two walks, getting Hudson to ground out on a sinker to end it. "It's time," Benitez, booed all of last year, said. "Armando's back."
Benitez not getting save chances
(4/17/2007) RHP Armando Benitez, the silent man in the bullpen, has had just two save opportunities. The Giants have won their past two games, but each time they entered the ninth inning in a situation with no save opportunity.
Padres fall short vs. Benitez
(4/11/2007) Adrian Gonzalez hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the ninth to pull the Padres within 6-5, but Armando Benitez recovered, earning his second save in as many chances by inducing Khalil Greene to fly out to end the game.
Fans let Benitez hear it
(4/6/2007) Giants CL Armando Benitez threw balls on six of his first seven pitches in the ninth inning Thursday, and he got some boos after allowing a bloop single. Boos turned to cheers when San Diego's Mike Cameron popped out to end the game -- earning his first save of the season.
RP Benitez picks up the save
(4/6/2007) Armando Benitez allowed a hit and walk in a third of an inning in Thursday's game against the Padres to hang on for his first save of the season.
Benitez closes out spring nicely
(3/31/2007) Giants closer Armando Benitez, booed almost every time he pitched in San Francisco last season, was greeted warmly by the crowd at AT&T Park when he came on in the ninth against the A's Friday. The cheers grew louder when Benitez, after giving up a two-out walk to Marco Scutaro, struck out Travis Buck to end the inning. "This late in the spring, it's what you want to see," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's nice to see the way all the guys are throwing the ball."
Benitez staying in San Fran
(3/27/2007) With the Marlins going elsewhere to find a closer, it appears Armando Benitez is in place to be the Giants' closer in 2007. Benitez stranded three inherited runners and pitched a perfect ninth to help the Giants beat the White Sox in spring action Monday. "The situation came up, and we want to get him ready," said bench coach Ron Wotus. "He's pitched well, he really has."
Two Giants P spots up for grabs
(3/25/2007) Two of Giants' seven bullpen spots also are up in the air, assuming the club doesn't trade embattled closer Armando Benitez -- with Jonathan Sanchez, Scott Munter and Brad Hennessey being the leaders.
(3/25/2007) Pirates CL Salomon Torres is the de facto closer after being the setup man last season to LHP Mike Gonzalez, who converted all 24 save opportunities in 2006 but was traded to Atlanta for 1B Adam LaRoche over the winter. However, Torres has been erratic enough during spring training that the Pirates have considered trading for San Francisco RHP Armando Benitez, who has 280 career saves. They also have been scouting Colorado RHP Byung-Hyun Kim, who has closing experience.
Benitez likely staying in SF
(3/23/2007) Armando Benitez not only seems destined to stay with the Giants, but he also could linger on the mound more than anybody anticipated. Manager Bruce Bochy indicated Thursday that he might summon Benitez as early as the eighth inning to preserve a lead. "You'd like to keep it an option," Bochy said. And Benitez, who has been challenged to pitch one inning during his injury-wracked pair of Giants seasons, said that he would be more than willing to accommodate Bochy. "If he needs me, I'll do it," Benitez said after the Giants' 6-0 exhibition loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I feel healthy. I feel good. I know he's not worried about it because he knows what I can do. He's been watching me for a long time."
Team inquire about obtaining Benitez
(3/18/2007) Who wants Armando? If the Giants are serious about unloading closer Armando Benitez -- and from all indications, they are -- they must be elated that his first three Cactus League appearances resulted in scoreless innings. "I want to be here, but there's nothing I can do about it," Benitez said. The Marlins expressed interest beginning in the offseason, and the Red Sox more recently inquired about the closer, who's entering the final year of his three-year, $21.5 million contract. Without Benitez, however, the team has no proven closer. Unless the Giants acquire someone from outside the organization, the job likely would go to Brian Wilson, who has one career save.
Benitez has another solid outing
(3/16/2007) Giants RP Armando Benitez had his third scoreless spring outing Friday against the Rockies. Benitez entered the game in the ninth inning, allowing just one hit, while striking out two. He has now not allowed a run in three spring innings.
Benitez tosses scoreless inning
(3/14/2007) Giants RP Armando Benitez (knee) threw a scoreless inning giving up two hits and striking out one. "Today I was more focused on home plate," he said. "I felt great. I hope it continues like this. This is what I want right now. I can use my legs."
Marlins cooling on Benitez?
(3/12/2007) The San Jose Mercury News reports that Armando Benitez made his Cactus League debut on Sunday, but there were no Florida scouts in attendance. It was initially thought that Benitez was going to the Marlins in a trade once he proved he was healthy, but now it looks like he might be starting the year as the Giants' closer. He threw nine of 17 pitches for strikes in a clean inning against Seattle. "I'm great. I'm happy to come back," Benitez said, smiling. "Everything now is great."
Benitez throws scoreless inning
(3/11/2007) Armando Benitez's legs feel healthier this spring than they did at any time in his first two years with the San Francisco Giants. Now he's out to prove his performance will be better, too. Benitez pitched a scoreless inning in his first outing of spring training, helping the Giants beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 in a split-squad game Sunday. Benitez earned the win with his scoreless fifth, allowing only a single to Jose Vidro and pumping his fist after striking out Raul Ibanez on a high fastball to end the inning. "I'm happy to come back and be with my team," Benitez said. "I feel great. It's been a long time since I faced hitters. Everything right now is great."
Benitez to debut on Sunday
(3/10/2007) Armando Benitez is ready to step back on the mound and show that he can be the San Francisco Giants' closer when the season starts next month. Benitez is slated to make his first appearance of spring training Sunday in a split-squad game against the Seattle Mariners as he works his way back from knee injuries that cut short his 2006 season. "I have to be looking forward to it. It's been a long time since I've pitched," Benitez said Saturday. "I feel very good. I want to see how I do tomorrow against the hitters. I'm a little excited to pitch."
Armando Benitez throws Thursday
(3/9/2007) The San Jose Mercury News reports that Benitez (arthritic knees) threw two innings and about 35 pitches in a minor league game Thursday and he felt fine.
RP Benitez throws on Tuesday
(3/7/2007) Giants closer Armando Benitez (knee, flu) looked strong while throwing 20 pitches in minor-league camp, manager Bruce Bochy said. It's another step in Benitez's comeback from two arthritic knees and a bout with the flu.
Benitez to pitch in games soon
(3/5/2007) Armando Benitez threw off a bullpen mound Sunday and pitching coach Dave Righetti will know soon when Benitez will make his Cactus League debut. "He got a good sweat going," Righetti told the San Jose Mercury News. "He's got to face some hitters pretty soon, though."
Benitez faces live hitters
(2/22/2007) At Scottsdale, Ariz., San Francisco Giants closer Armando Benitez faced hitters for the first time since Sept. 2, taking the mound against a group that included Barry Bonds. "I feel like I am at 80-85 percent," Benitez said. "More important, I don't feel any pain and I used my legs." Benitez saved a team-best 17 games last year, but his season ended prematurely due to right knee inflammation.
Benitez has to earn closer's job
(2/15/2007) Armando Benitez expects nothing less than to be San Francisco's closer this season -- as long as he's healthy. The Giants want to evaluate him this spring before handing him back his old job. Benitez finished last season on the DL with two arthritic knees, the right one so painful he could hardly put pressure on it. He threw a bullpen session Wednesday, when the Giants' pitchers and catchers reported to spring training a day before their first workout. It was only his third time throwing off the mound since last season. "Yes, this is the best (I've felt)," he said. "The last couple of years, I really couldn't do my job. I tried to push myself and hurt myself. I was trying to come back too soon and I've been looking ridiculous in games."
Benitez admits mistake about injury
(2/14/2007) According to the team's official site, Giants closer Armando Benitez said that he made a mistake rushing back from a serious hamstring injury in 2005. He said that in turn led to his knee injury in 2006 that kept him out for most of the season. "I made a mistake coming back too fast," Benitez said. "I tried to help the team, but I really only hurt myself. That type of injury, that type of surgery, needed time to be 100 percent. It was my own fault. I tried to do too much. When I came back in 2005 I was at about 65 percent. They needed me on the mound. I tried to do my best. The knee began hurting because my hamstring was really not healed. But doing it I hurt both of my knees."
Benitez reports early ... overweight
(2/9/2007) Armando Benitez voluntarily reported early to spring training for the Giants amid trade talk with the Marlins. Manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle Benitez is "a few pounds overweight."
Benitez would like trade to FLA
(12/13/2006) Armando Benitez is interested in returning to the Marlins, so a trade with the Giants picking up a large portion of his salary is being discussed, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "Honestly, he was playing (with the Marlins) on a one-year contract, and that's basically what he would be doing this year," Benitez's agent Mike Powers told the paper. "I think that allows players to focus a little bit. He went there with a mission in mind, and I'm sure he'll have a mission in mind this year that's pretty similar."
Giants have Benitez on the block
(12/8/2006) GM Brian Sabean is still looking for starting pitching and might try to package closer Armando Benitez in a trade. The Marlins have also expressed some interest in Benitez, a right-hander who finished the year on the 60-day DL with a right knee injury. "I don't know that Benitez is healthy so I don't know what he's capable of doing," Sabean said.
Benitez's knee progressing fine
(11/3/2006) Pat Burrell's agent told the San Jose Mercury News the outfielder would be interested in waiving his no-trade clause for a move to the Giants to play first base next season. Closer Armando Benitez, owed $7.6 million next year, is a possible bargaining chip, because the Phillies want options in their bullpen. Benitez told trainer Dave Groeschner his right-knee rehab is going well. "It's an arthritic knee so anything can change, but we're pleased with his progress," Groeschner told the paper.
Benitez shut down, on 60-day DL
(9/15/2006) The Giants placed RHP Armando Benitez on the 60-day DL with right knee inflammation and purchased the contract of RHP Billy Sadler from Triple-A Fresno. Mike Stanton will likely finish the season as the Giants' closer.
Benitez done for the season
(9/13/2006) San Francisco closer Armando Benitez is done for the season because of inflammation in his right knee. The Giants planned to place the right-hander on the 60-day disabled list Thursday, after the club said Tuesday it hoped he could come back before the end of the year. Benitez returned to Miami on Wednesday to begin physical therapy. Benitez had been unable to pitch for eight straight games because of sore knees. By making the move now, the Giants hope he will be ready by spring training. "We were kind of on the fence which way to go," trainer Stan Conte said. "He won't be back this year. We're optimistic for him regaining strength and getting the knee calmed down."
Benitez now a 'definite maybe'
(9/13/2006) Injured RHP closer Armando Benitez, unable to pitch for eight straight games because of sore knees, was examined Monday's off day by 49ers doctor Michael Dillingham, who has experience with arthritis cases. Dillingham recommended rehabilitation rather than an operation to clean up the joint as the Giants had been exploring as an option. He will begin a strength and physical therapy program and begin lifting light weights. He is unlikely to make the team's upcoming road trip to St. Louis, Colorado and Milwaukee.
Benitez will be examined
(9/11/2006) Armando Benitez, unable to pitch for seven straight games because of sore knees, will be examined in the coming days by 49ers doctor Michael Dillingham, who has experience with arthritis cases.
Benitez still not ready
(9/9/2006) According to MLB.com, Giants manager Felipe Alou said that closer Armando Benitez (knees) probably won't see any action during this weekend's series with the Padres.
Benitez resting his knees
(9/6/2006) Closer Armando Benitez has been unavailable the past few days because of sore knees. Mike Stanton will be the stopgap closer until Benitez can go again.
CL Benitez out for few days
(9/4/2006) RHP Armando Benitez was unavailable Sunday because of soreness in his arthritic knees, trainer Stan Conte said, and will likely be sidelined the next few days. The Giants closer gave up three hits, including a home run to Derrek Lee, in the ninth inning Saturday. "His knees are barking again," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "We'll see what two or three days off will do for him." His right knee was worse than his left, Conte said. LHP Mike Stanton got his fifth save Sunday, working 1 1/3 innings.
(9/3/2006) Manager Felipe Alou hinted 2006 might be his final season managing the Giants. His comments came Saturday while he was discussing why he pulled closer Armando Benitez in the ninth before a 4-2 win over the Cubs. "I don't have too many games left to manage," Alou said. "We have 20-some games to go. I'm managing the team. I don't give a bleep what people know or they don't know." Asked if he was announcing his retirement, Alou said: "I don't know. Even if I'm back next year or the year after, you have a situation where your closer has been faltering."
Armando Benitez back on mound
(8/31/2006) Armando Benitez (elbow) returned to action on Wednesday at Atlanta and threw a scoreless inning.
A. Benitez could have pitched
(8/28/2006) The San Jose Mercury News reports that Armando Benitez was available to pitch Sunday after getting over mild elbow irritation and a cold from Saturday. "Everything is fine," Benitez said.
Benitez can't close Saturday
(8/26/2006) Mike Stanton pitched the ninth inning Saturday vs. Cincinnati -- rather than regular closer Armando Benitez -- because of an inflamed elbow and head cold, and finished for his third save in five chances.
Armando Benitez bombarded
(8/23/2006) Benitez allowed three runs, two hits and a walk while retiring just two batters in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Benitez nails down 14th save
(8/15/2006) Armando Benitez, who blew his last three save chances, pitched out of a jam in the ninth inning on Monday at San Diego for his 14th in 21 opportunities. With one out and runners on first and second, he got Josh Barfield to hit a fly ball to left field and then struck out pinch-hitter Geoff Blum.
Benitez closer by default
(8/6/2006) Armando Benitez remains the Giants closer, mostly because RHP Tim Worrell (bulging disc in his neck) is unavailable. "I'd feel different about our entire bullpen if Worrell were healthy," manager Felipe Alou said. "He was 6-for-6 in saves before Benitez came back this year. You remember that. He'd be the alternative as we try to make Benitez more comfortable again. I'm trying to bring (Benitez) back to where he'll be an effective closer again. I'm trying to get him in as much as possible and see if he'll get better by pitching a lot. To me, it's just command. His velocity is really good."
Benitez pulled from save
(8/2/2006) One day after Felipe Alou told the San Jose Mercury News. "Armando Benitez has to be the closer of this team," he was removed from a save situation. On Wednesday against the Nationals, Benitez entered to loud boos from every direction because he blew his previous three save chances after converting seven straight. Benitez walked Austin Kearns, then manager Felipe Alou went to Mike Stanton to get the final out for his first save.
Benitez remains Giants' closer
(8/2/2006) Armando Benitez won't be removed from the closer's role after all, manager Felipe Alou told the San Jose Mercury News. "I've looked at that wall many times," Alou told the paper. "Armando Benitez has to be the closer of this team." The Giants GM Brian Sabean had said they would consider other options. "If Timmy Worrell was healthy and active I would probably act or think differently," Alou said. The team's veteran relievers -- Mike Stanton and Steve Kline -- had little or no experience closing.
Benitez out of closer's role?
(8/1/2006) Armando Benitez's days as closer for the Giants this season could be numbered. He has blown each of his last three save opportunities during the team's seven-game losing streak, forcing San Francisco officials to decide whether another arm in the ninth inning might give the Giants a better chance to win -- though the choice ultimately will be made by manager Felipe Alou. "We're going to consider other options," general manager Brian Sabean said Monday. "The general feeling is, not to say that he won't close games, but at the end of the day it's going to be dealt with by Felipe. But it has been discussed from an organizational standpoint."
Benitez blows save
(7/30/2006) The Giants looked poised to avoid an 0-6 road trip until Jose Castillo led off the ninth by sending an 0-1 pitch from Giants closer Armando Benitez to center for his 12th home run of the season on Sunday against the Pirates and first since June 15 -- a span of 180 at-bats.
Benitez blows save Wednesday
(7/26/2006) Austin Kearns' sacrifice fly with the bases loaded off San Francisco closer Armando Benitez capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning, lifting Washington past the Giants 4-3 on Wednesday night, the Nationals' fifth consecutive victory. Benitez (4-2) came on to start the ninth with a 3-2 lead. But the right-hander walked leadoff batter Robert Fick, and, after striking out Alfonso Soriano, he gave up an infield single to Felipe Lopez. Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single tied the game, and Benitez then walked Nick Johnson to fill the bases. That brought up Kearns, who's been adjusting to life with his new team since this month's eight-player trade that brought him to Washington from Cincinnati. It was Benitez's sixth blown save this season, in 19 chances. The Giants were 40-4 when leading after eight innings this season.
Benitez blows his fifth save
(7/24/2006) Armando Benitez allowed one earned run, one hit and one walk while striking out a batter in one inning of work on Sunday against the Padres. It was his fifth blown save of the season. "One mistake," Benitez said. "It costs the game. I don't have an excuse. He beat me. So, we'll see next time. I'm upset with myself."
Benitez works extra for save
(7/8/2006) Armando Benitez got the last four outs Saturday for his 10th save in 14 chances. He got pinch-hitter Russell Martin to fly out to left field with the bases loaded to end the game.
Benitez earns save No. 9
(7/7/2006) Armando Benitez blanked the Dodgers in the ninth for his ninth save in 13 chances on Thursday against the Dodgers.
Armando Benitez finally returns
(7/4/2006) Benitez (elbow) was able to return to action on Monday at Colorado. He worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a hit and striking out one batter, as he picked up his eighth save of the season.
Armando Benitez sits on Sunday
(7/3/2006) Benitez (elbow) was unavailable again in Sunday's game at San Diego. Brian Wilson came on in the eighth inning of a 6-2 game with one out and he finished the game to earn a save.
Benitez still unavailable
(7/1/2006) Armando Benitez (elbow) was still unavailable for Friday's game at San Diego and interim closer Jeremy Accardo made the Giants miss him even more by blowing his first save in four chances.
Benitez unavailable Thursday
(6/29/2006) Armando Benitez (elbow) was unavailable for Thursday's game against the Rangers, as Jeremy Accardo recorded his third save.
Benitez unavailable Thursday
(6/29/2006) Armando Benitez (elbow) was unavailable for Thursday's game against the Rangers, as Jeremy Accardo recorded his third save.
Benitez unavailable on Tuesday
(6/28/2006) Armando Benitez (elbow) was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, as Jeremy Accardo came on in the top of the ninth inning with two outs for his second save of the season. Benitez threw the ball Tuesday before the game and will do the same Wednesday. He experienced a sore right elbow over the weekend and is being monitored closely.
Benitez has slight elbow sprain
(6/26/2006) Closer Armando Benitez had an MRI exam on his sore right elbow, and the test revealed a slight sprain. He hasn't pitched since blowing his fourth save of the season Friday night, and trainer Stan Conte expected the right-hander to rest Sunday and Monday before getting him back on the mound Tuesday to evaluate his progress. "We have to wait for the inflammation and stiffness to go away," Conte said. Jeremy Accardo will serve as the Giants' closer in Benitez's absence.
Armando Benitez back on Tues.?
(6/25/2006) The team's official website reports Benitez (strained right elbow) was unable to go on Sunday against the Athletics if needed, but he might be able to return on Tuesday against the Rangers. "It showed a little bit of inflammation," trainer Stan Conte said. "It was a little sore, but it's much better (Sunday). We'll wait for the stiffness to go away."
Amrando Benitez headed to DL
(6/24/2006) Giants closer Armando Benitez wasn't available Saturday after blowing his fourth save of the season Friday night, giving up two runs in the ninth. Felipe Alou said Benitez had tenderness in his right elbow, and could be headed to the disabled list -- but the manager planned to wait before making a decision on Benitez, who has been booed at home despite fairly solid statistics.
Benitez gets back-to-back saves
(6/21/2006) Tim Worrell worked out of an eighth-inning jam Tuesday, then closer Armando Benitez showed signs of his healthy, dominant self in the ninth. Worrell relieved Steve Kline and got the final two outs of the eighth, striking out pinch-hitter Juan Rivera looking on an 86 mph fastball with runners on the corners.
(6/21/2006) Armando Benitez worked a perfect inning in Tuesday's game against the Angels, striking out one batter, as he picked up his sixth save of the season.
Benitez earns fifth save
(6/20/2006) Armando Benitez allowed a hit and struck out a batter in Monday's game against the Angels in a scoreless inning for his fifth save of the season.
Benitez pitches in non-save role
(6/1/2006) Giants closer Armando Benitez pitched an inning at Florida on Wednesday, allowing a hit in mop-up duty as part of a 6-1 win. He was not eligible for a save.
Benitez effective, underused
(5/29/2006) The Sacramento Bee notes that Armando Benitez's numbers show he hasn't been used much, but that's only because when the Giants win, they win big. He has only five save opportunities in 36 games since coming off the disabled list on April 25. "He was throwing hard with a good splitter," manager Felipe Alou said of his reliever. "I like using the bullpen, but this is the first time I've had so few save situations. We're usually winning big."
Armando Benitez gets third save
(5/28/2006) Armando Benitez recorded the final three outs Saturday vs. Colorado for his first save since May 8 and third in five chances.
Benitez blows save, gets win
(5/21/2006) Closer Armando Benitez blew his second save of the season Saturday, but picked up the win in the 10th. He was scheduled to pitch Saturday regardless of the score.
Benitez gets relief win Saturday
(5/13/2006) Armando Benitez (2-0) pitched the ninth for the win against the Dodgers Saturday.
Benitez earns his second save
(5/9/2006) Armando Benitez retired the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth inning on Monday against Houston to earn his second save of the season.
Armando Benitez earns save
(4/24/2006) Armando Benitez got the final three outs for his first save on Saturday vs. the Rockies. Benitez started the year on the disabled list with a knee injury and was tagged for the game-winning hit Friday night when Colorado rallied from three down in the ninth.
Benitez blows first save chance
(4/22/2006) The Giants' bullpen failed miserably Friday at Colorado. Closer Tim Worrell didn't record an out and was tagged for four earned runs and the loss, and Armando Benitez's season debut was ruined by a game-winning single off the bat of Garrett Atkins. Benitez, who came off the disabled list Thursday night after recovering from left knee bursitis, followed Steve Kline. He gave up a sacrifice fly to Clint Barmes and an RBI single to Holliday before surrendering Atkins' game-winner.
Benitez to be eased back in?
(4/21/2006) Manager Felipe Alou said Armando Benitez (knee) will be eased back into the closer's role, although that thinking might change after Thursday night. Closer Tim Worrell blew his first save of the season, allowing three earned runs at Arizona. The offense bailed him out to give him an undeserved win.
Benitez activated from DL
(4/20/2006) Armando Benitez (knee) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on late Wednesday night. He might return to action for the Giants as soon as Thursday's game at Arizona, although it is uncertain whether manager Felipe Alou will push him right back into the closer's role or not.
Will Benitez get his job back?
(4/19/2006) RHP Armando Benitez pitched two scoreless innings in Mesa, Ariz., in an extended spring training game involving minor-leaguers. His strained left knee wasn't a problem, he said. Is there a looming controversy upon his return with Tim Worrell already recording six saves? "Benitez is a closer," manage Felipe Alou said. "That's his mentality. I don't know if he can do anything else. Closing is a state of mind, and he's been there almost his entire career. Armando felt good today; we'll see how he feels tomorrow. It'll be strange to see him closing right away, and it would be awkward for him to be in there in the sixth inning."
Benitez throws vs. minor leaguers
(4/19/2006) RHP Armando Benitez pitched two scoreless innings in Mesa, Ariz., in an extended spring training game involving minor-leaguers. His strained left knee wasn't a problem, he said. The Giants are expected to activate Benitez this week, though RHP Tim Worrell is expected to remain the closer at least until Benitez regains his top form.
Benitez will throw Tuesday
(4/18/2006) Closer Armando Benitez, who has been sidelined with bursitis in his left knee, will pitch in a minor-league spring training game Tuesday morning in Mesa. If all goes well, he could come off the DL Wednesday, manager Felipe Alou said.
Benitez to come back soon
(4/17/2006) MLB.com reported that Armando Benitez (knee) threw successfully in a simulated game on Sunday and will play in an extended spring game on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Benitez throws again Wednesday
(4/13/2006) Giants closer Armando Benitez, on the 15-day DL nursing an injured left knee, threw for the second straight day in the cage.
Benitez not ready, but close
(4/12/2006) Giants closer Armando Benitez, on the 15-day DL nursing an injured left knee, threw for about 15 minutes indoors and could be ready to pitch to live hitters as early as Wednesday if the weather permits. "He's very close now," manager Felipe Alou said.
Benitez's mechanics coming along
(4/10/2006) RHP Armando Benitez could be headed to a rehab assignment in the minors. He threw a bullpen session Sunday and hopes his stint on the disabled list for left knee bursitis isn't prolonged. The injury affected his mechanics in spring training and prevented him for throwing regularly off the mound. The plan is for Benitez to throw again Tuesday and follow up next week with live batting practice. He's eligible to come of the DL April 17.
Benitez sick, but knee is better
(4/5/2006) MLB.com reports that Giants closer Armando Benitez played catch before Tuesday's rainout at San Diego, and the team's trainer feels Benitez's inflamed left knee is improving. Benitez also has had a virus with a 103-degree fever over the last two days. "He was weak," said manager Felipe Alou. "He was throwing the ball all right, then he got sick."
Benitez's knee forces DL stint
(4/1/2006) After Armando Benitez was rocked for four runs in the eighth inning of the Giants' 14-3 loss to the Oakland on Saturday, San Francisco announced its closer will start the season on the disabled list. The Giants are wondering when Benitez will recover from the left knee bursitis that has turned one of the game's most feared closers into a struggling shell of himself. "He's not throwing the ball well," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. "We know he's not 100 percent. He took it well. He's a battler. He wants to be on the hill, but he also knows he's not there yet."
Armando Benitez bounces back
(4/1/2006) Giants closer Armando Benitez bounced back from a horrible outing Monday when he allowed 10 runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings. Benitez pitched a hitless sixth inning Friday but did walk two batters.
Rain cancels Benitez's outing
(3/31/2006) RHP Armando Benitez was scheduled to pitch Thursday, but the Giants-Angels game was called due to rain in the sixth inning. Benitez has had a troubling spring, with a knee injury and a lofty ERA (25.41). He hasn't seen much time (5 2/3 innings), and the Giants are anxious to put him on the mound.
Benitez knocked around Monday
(3/28/2006) Come the ninth inning, Felipe Alou is counting on Armando Benitez to be the Giants' closer. Even after an awful outing that ballooned his spring ERA to 25.41. Benitez, who has been nursing a sore left knee after missing 96 games in 2005 recovering from a serious hamstring injury, was tagged for 10 runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings of the Giants' 15-6 loss to the Royals on Monday. "I feel good," Benitez said afterward, laughing almost in disbelief. "I don't care what happened. I wanted to see my fastball, my delivery and my knee. Hey, this is not going to be the first time or the last time. ... Play ball, this is nothing."
Benitez back from 13-day injury
(3/24/2006) Armando Benitez returned from a 13-day injury absence with one solid inning in the Giants' 6-4 exhibition victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday. Benitez also was sharp, retiring the only three batters he faced. The Giants will monitor Benitez's progress, but he should be ready for the regular season.
(3/24/2006) RHP Armando Benitez threw 19 pitches in one inning in a minor league game, and his next assignment could be in a Cactus League game. Benitez has been shelved with an inflamed left knee. His last appearance was March 12.
Benitez ready for action
(3/23/2006) Giants closer Armando Benitez is ready to return to action after pitching in a minor league game. Benitez has been bothered by a swollen left knee during March.
Benitez might throw Saturday
(3/18/2006) San Francisco closer Armando Benitez (swollen left knee) could throw off a mound Saturday or Sunday.
Benitez has cortisone injection
(3/15/2006) San Francisco Giants closer Armando Benitez had a cortisone injection in his swollen left knee and won't be able to throw off a mound for a few days. Benitez, who missed nearly four months last season with a hamstring injury, came into his second spring training camp with the Giants feeling healthy. But he was bothered by the knee warming up before coming into a game last Sunday against San Diego. He tried to pitch anyway and allowed six runs in one-third of an inning, giving up a grand slam to Mike Piazza. "I made a mistake and now I'll have to wait a couple of days," Benitez said. "I felt it warming up and thought it's not too serious. I tried to throw and look what happened." Benitez, who had an MRI and the injection Tuesday, threw off flat ground on a back field Wednesday and said he felt good. Trainer Stan Conte said it would it could be up to a week until Benitez throws off the mound but expected the closer to be ready for the season opener April 3 in San Diego. "We're going to take it a little easy," Conte said. "He threw off flat ground and we'll get him back up on the mound in the next couple of days and then get him back in there." Benitez has had problems with his right knee in his career but never had an issue with his left knee. He lands on his left leg when he pitches, leading the team to be careful with the injury.
Benitez gives up a grand slam
(3/13/2006) RHP Armando Benitez, in the second year of a three-year contract, surrendered six runs in the fifth inning against the Padres in a recent spring game. Mike Piazza, returning from Team Italy, hit a grand slam.
Benitez working toward 100 percent
(3/9/2006) Armando Benitez spent most of his first season with the Giants last year limping around following surgery to reattach two torn hamstring tendons to the pelvis, but he says he feels "really good" this spring. "I'm not 100 percent, but I'm 80 percent," said Benitez, who somehow returned to the mound last August after many thought he was done for the year with the injury. "Everything is coming together. I'm getting better each day." The 33-year-old Benitez, a two-time All-Star, missed 96 games but shocked everyone in the organization when he came back to pitch -- which would be a difficult enough accomplishment for anybody, let alone someone 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds.
CL Benitez reports good health
(2/24/2006) Closer Armando Benitez put in an inning of work in his continuing comeback from radical hamstring surgery. Benitez missed 96 games last season before returning for the final seven weeks of the season. "I did everything I would do in the regular season," Benitez said. "I threw sinkers, splitters and fastballs. I feel fine." He declined an invitation to pitch for the Dominican Republic to concentrate on being ready for the Giants. "It was important for me to be here," he said.
Benitez skips WBC to focus on '06
(2/16/2006) After missing four months last season following hamstring surgery, closer Armando Benitez declined an invitation to pitch for the Dominican Republic to concentrate on being ready for the Giants. "It was important for me to be here," said Benitez, who threw off the mound and said he was ready to improve upon a maiden season with the Giants that produced 19 saves, including 15 after he returned to action, Aug. 15.
Benitez a seventh round pick
(2/9/2006) In CBS SportsLine.com's NL-only experts 5x5 Rotisserie draft, Giants RP Armando Benitez was selected in the seventh round (75th overall).
Benitez perfect in return from DL
(9/1/2005) Armando Benitez worked the ninth Wednesday for his fifth consecutive save since coming off the DL two weeks ago, his ninth in 11 chances overall.
Benitez reports 'no soreness'
(8/23/2005) Closer Armando Benitez reported "no soreness" after earning his first save since April 23 in Sunday's 4-2 win at St. Louis -- his second appearance in more than three months following surgery to reattach two right hamstring tendons to the pelvis. He is eager to resume his regular ninth-inning role, though the Giants will be cautious with him. "The most important thing is now everybody knows I'm healthy," Benitez said.
Benitez nails down save Sunday
(8/22/2005) Armando Benitez allowed an earned run, walk and two hits in an inning of work in St. Louis on Sunday, but it was good enough to preserve an outstanding outing by Jason Schmidt to pick up his fifth save.
Benitez back as Giants' closer?
(8/21/2005) The Giants figure to turn to Armand Benitez as the closer now -- despite the fact he has pitched only 2/3 of an inning since returing from serious hamstring surgery. Tyler Walker (shoulder) was forced to the DL on Sunday after his latest blown save.
Benitez pitches Thursday
(8/19/2005) Armando Benitez made his first appearance Thursday against the Reds since being activated from the disabled list before Monday's game. Benitez had not pitched since April 26, when he injured his right hamstring and later had surgery to repair two torn tendons. "I felt good," he said. "I was really happy to be out there. I was a little bit nervous, but not too nervous."
Benitez anxious to get work
(8/18/2005) Giants manager Felipe Alou used eight relievers in the first two games since Armando Benitez came off the DL, but the right-hander remained stuck in the bullpen. "He needs to pitch, or he's going to walk out of the bullpen on his own," Alou said. Benitez returned Monday after missing 3 1/2 months because of hip surgery.
Benitez needs some middle work
(8/16/2005) Armando Benitez was activated from the 15-day DL, but manager Felipe Alou said the right-hander won't automatically re-claim his closer's role. Benitez hasn't played since injuring his right hamstring in April. "He's been pitching against Class A guys and in simulated games," Alou said. "Now he's going up against real hitters, especially the way the Reds team swings the bat."
Armando Benitez activated
(8/16/2005) The Giants activated Benitez (hamstring) from the 60-day disabled list on Monday.
Benitez due back in Cincy
(8/14/2005) Closer Armando Benitez (DL, hamstring) is expected to pitch during the Cincinnati series this week. "He needs to get in a major-league game with adrenaline going to see how he's reacting," GM Brian Sabean told the team's official website.
Benitez nears activation
(8/14/2005) RHP Armando Benitez, sidelined most of the season by a hamstring injury, was eager to return this weekend and face his former team in Florida, Alou said. "I know he wanted to pitch here," Alou said. "He kept looking at me to see if I had anything to tell him." Alou said Benitez will be activated soon -- "before he goes berserk."
Benitez tosses simulated game
(8/11/2005) Armando Benitez (hamstring) threw one inning in a simulated game on Thursday. "Benitez will not be able to close for the first few days," manager Felipe Alou said. "His arm has to get stronger, and he has to get his confidence back."
Benitez has sim game pushed back
(8/11/2005) Armando Benitez (hamstring) was expected to pitch a simulated game on Wednesday, but that was pushed back to Thursday due to wet field conditions.
Benitez to return on road trip
(8/7/2005) Closer Armando Benitez threw a two-inning simulated game and is on target to return from a serious hamstring on the team's upcoming 13-game road trip. "It's obvious he's on his way," manager Felipe Alou said. "He's going to pitch this month. He's going to pitch on the next road trip." Benitez will start off as a middle man before returning to his role as closer.
Benitez just few outings away
(8/4/2005) RHP Armando Benitez (right hamstring strain) made his first rehab appearance at Class-A San Jose on Monday night and could be back with the Giants before September. "He's on his way to pitching for us," Felipe Alou said. "It's important for him and for the team. His arm is sound. He never stopped throwing. He'll pitch A-ball again and then a couple of times at (Triple-A) Fresno, and after that there's no place to go but come back here."
Benitez makes rehab appearance
(8/2/2005) Armando Benitez (hamstring) worked one inning in his first rehab appearance with Class A San Jose. He walked one batter and induced a double play in an efficient 14-pitch outing.
Benitez to begin rehab Monday
(8/1/2005) The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Armando Benitez (hamstring) will make his first rehab appearance on Monday for Class A San Jose.
(7/20/2005) Armando Benitez (hamstring) threw for 10 minutes in the bullpen and he was also able to participate in fielding drills on Tuesday. "He's done the first-base drills before, but we're trying to do them faster and faster," trainer Stan Conte said. "He's thrown off the mound five times. He's progressing very well. I don't want to speculate, but he might be back (early)."
Benitez jogs, throws off mound
(7/8/2005) Injured closer Armando Benitez, recovering from surgery to reattach two torn hamstring tendons to the pelvis, threw off a mound for the first time since his May 3 operation. He also did some light jogging, another sign of progress. He hopes to pitch this season. "I'll try to come back soon and enjoy the team and have some fun," Benitez said. "This team right now, we've got a great chance."
Benitez well ahead schedule
(7/6/2005) Injured closer Armando Benitez threw on the field Tuesday and is hopeful he'll be pitching from a mound before long. Benitez is recovering from surgery to repair two torn hamstring tendons. "I feel very good," Benitez said. "I'm surprised by this. Everything is coming through."
Benitez might throw before July
(6/21/2005) Closer Armando Benitez, recovering from surgery to repair two ruptured hamstring tendons, might be ready to throw from a mound in a week to 10 days -- a huge step considering the operation was in early May. Benitez returned to Miami for about five days for what trainer Stan Conte called a "mental break." He will rejoin the team next week.
Benitez might not return in '05
(6/9/2005) Closer Armando Benitez is probably sidelined for the remainder of the season following surgery to repair two torn hamstring tendons.
RP Benitez undergoes surgery
(5/4/2005) The Arizona Republic reports Armando Benitez underwent surgery Tuesday in Palo Alto, Calif., to repair a torn right hamstring tendon. "The first six weeks are very critical," Giants trainer Stan Conte said. "If anything goes wrong with that, the tendon will pull away from the bone. It's not going to be a lot of fun for him."
Benitez to have surgery Wednesday
(5/2/2005) The Giants moved closer Armando Benitez to the 60-day DL. Benitez is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to reattach two hamstring tendons to his pelvis. He is expected to be out for four months after being injured covering first base against San Diego last Tuesday.
Benitez out until at least Sept.
(4/30/2005) Manager Felipe Alou will use a closer-by-committee system for now to replaced injured reliever Armando Benitez unless one of his pitchers seizes the job. Benitez has a torn right hamstring and will miss most of the rest of the season; a September return is the best-case scenario.
Benitez out four months
(4/27/2005) According to Giants trainer Stan Conte, Armando Benitez (hamstring) is expected to miss four months due to a torn hamstring. An MRI revealed the tear on Wednesday. "The tear is complete with two of the three tendons that attach to his pelvis," Conte said. "This will require surgery to repair. This will take four months until he's competitive again."
Hamstrung Benitez out 2-6 weeks
(4/27/2005) Giants closer Armando Benitez was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a strained right hamstring after getting hurt on the final play of the game a night earlier. Trainer Stan Conte said Benitez will be out 2-6 weeks, with the time frame depending whether the MRI results show damage to the muscle. "What's the extent? What's the prognosis? We don't know," Conte said. "The worse-case scenario we have a (Nomar) Garciaparra situation. I'm 99.9 percent sure we don't have that."
Armando Benitez blows saves
(4/27/2005) Benitez blew his second save of the season in Tuesday's game against the Padres, but the team rallied to provide him with an undeserved win.
Armando Benitez takes a loss
(4/12/2005) Benitez allowed three earned runs, three hits and two walks while only retiring two batters in Tuesday's loss at L.A. Dodgers.
Benitez to be leaned on heavily
(4/10/2005) RHP Armando Benitez could be asked to throw more than an inning if the situation calls for it. "We talked about that before we left camp if he gets the proper rest," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "It looks like he could go five innings now."
Benitez slams door on L.A.
(4/5/2005) Armando Benitez tossed a scoreless ninth inning in his San Francisco debut in Tuesday's opener against Los Angeles to earn his first save. He allowed one hit in the outing.
Giants' Benitez looking strong
(3/20/2005) Giants closer Armando Benitez made his first back-to-back appearances. "They asked me if I could pitch today and I said I was ready," Benitez said. "I felt good." Benitez allowed a hit in a scoreless inning and had not allowed a run in his past five appearances.
Benitez looks strong
(3/12/2005) Armando Benitez struck out four batters in two innings in a spring training game against Milwaukee Friday. "He had some nasty stuff out there, especially his splitter," said manager Felipe Alou. He used all four of his pitches -- slider, sinker, splitter and fastball.
Giants, free agent Benitez close deal
(11/30/2004) The Giants have found the closer they were looking for after agreeing to terms with Armando Benitez on a three-year, $21 million deal, sources told SportsLine.com's Scott Miller on Tuesday. The deal, a heavily back-loaded contract, is contingent on Benitez passing a physical. The 11-year veteran recorded an NL-leading 47 saves while posting a 1.29 ERA after signing with Florida as a free agent in the offseason.
Benitez gets 45th save
(9/27/2004) Armando Benitez pitched a perfect ninth inning Monday against Montreal to notch his 45th save of the season.
Marlins get back Benitez
(8/12/2004) The Marlins activated Armando Benitez (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. Ben Howard was optioned to the minors to make room on the roster.
Benitez to return on Thursday
(8/12/2004) Armando Benitez (elbow) is expected to return from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
Benitez eyeing Saturday return
(8/11/2004) Armando Benitez (elbow) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. He threw a 10-minute bullpen session Tuesday and reported no discomfort.
Benitez throws batting practice
(8/11/2004) Armando Benitez (elbow) tossed 22 pitches in batting practice on Tuesday. He said he expects to return from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
Benitez hopes to return Tuesday
(8/6/2004) Armando Benitez (elbow) threw a 12-minute bullpen session on Thursday and felt no soreness or unusual pain. He likely will not be activated until Tuesday. "Right now, I'm at about 80 percent," Benitez told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "Tuesday, I'm back in the battle, I think."
Benitez lands on the DL
(8/2/2004) The Marlins placed Armando Benitez on the 15-day disabled list on Monday due to elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to July 23, making him eligible to be activated on Saturday.
Benitez could be back Friday
(8/2/2004) Armando Benitez (inflamed elbow) threw a light bullpen session on Sunday and is expected to throw again Tuesday at Arizona, according to the Miami Herald. He might be available to pitch before the Marlins return home on Friday.
(8/2/2004) Armando Benitez (elbow) did not pitch in the weekend series against Montreal.
Benitez unavailable Wednesday
(7/29/2004) Armando Benitez (elbow) was unavailable for the second consecutive night on Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Benitez has elbow inflammation
(7/28/2004) Armando Benitez was unavailable for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia due to inflammation in his elbow.
Benitez earns two-inning save
(7/10/2004) Armando Benitez pitched two scoreless innings on Saturday against his former team, the New York Mets. He notched his 29th save of the season, second in the National League.
Benitez touched by Big Hurt
(6/16/2004) Armando Benitez was touched for three earned runs and four hits in only 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the White Sox to blow his second save of the season.
Benitez gets 14th straight save
(6/11/2004) Armando Benitez converted his 14th straight save opportunity Thursday at Cleveland. He has allowed one hit in his last 48 at-bats against him, including an 0-for-40 stretch over 12 games.
Benitez shuts door for save No. 21
(6/4/2004) Armando Benitez retired all four batters he faced on Friday and recorded his 21st save of the season.
Benitez sets Marlins record
(5/28/2004) Armando Benitez set a Marlins team record Thursday at Cincinnati with 26 2/3 innings not allowing an earned run. He hasn't allowed an earned run since opening day, when Montreal's Jose Vidro homered. Benitez also hasn't allowed a hit in his last nine appearances, holding hitters to an 0-for-30 performance.
Benitez sets scoreless streak
(6:12 pm ET) Armando Benitez has not allowed an earned run in his last 24 1/3 innings, a new personal best. His 0.36 ERA is second in the major leagues (Rodrigo Lopez, 0.33). Benitez has allowed just 13 hits and 10 walks during that span, striking out 24 batters.
Benitez nails down save No. 15
(5/16/2004) Armando Benitez tossed two scoreless innings on Sunday at St. Louis to pick up his 15th save of the season.
Benitez sets new career mark
(5/12/2004) Armando Benitez has not allowed an earned run in his last 19 innings, a new career high. He has not allowed an earned run since Jose Vidro hit a solo home run against him on opening day.
Benitez fails to close the door
(5/5/2004) Armando Benitez blew his first save opportunity of the season on Tuesday against Los Angeles.
Benitez comes on for 10th save
(4/27/2004) Armando Benitez matched Cincinnati's Danny Graves as the only two pitchers with 10 saves on Monday night. He recorded the final out at Colorado to preserve the win.
Benitez paces all closers in saves
(4/13/2004) Armando Benitez is currently the major-league leader in saves with five. Since allowing a double to Carl Everett on opening day, Benitez has retired 13 of his last 15 batters faced. He also has pitched four scoreless innings in his last four games.
Benitez closes out Montreal
(4/9/2004) Armando Benitez pitched a perfect ninth inning on Thursday against Montreal to earn his second save of the season.
Benitez shaky in season debut
(4/6/2004) Armando Benitez recorded the save in Tuesday's season opener against Montreal, but he looked shaky doing it. He allowed a home run to Jose Vidro and a double to Carl Everett before recording the final out of the game to preserve a 4-3 victory.
Benitez's back is fine
(9/8/2003) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Armando Benitez (back) was available to pitch at Baltimore on Sunday.
Benitez out over the weekend
(9/7/2003) Armando Benitez (back) did not pitch in either of the weekend games at Baltimore.
Benitez sits out Friday
(9/6/2003) The Seattle Time reports that Armando Benitez was unavailable for Friday's game at Baltimore because of a sore back.
Benitez is in Seattle as insurance
(8/12/2003) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Armando Benitez is with the Mariners as insurance in case Kazuhiro Sasaki can't make a full recovery, and he'll be a setup man if Sasaki can. "I want people to understand that this kid is going to come in and pitch his heart out to the best of his ability," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "People need to appreciate that he's here and will give us everything he's got. I'd hate for any of the residue from New York to come all the way across country to Seattle."
Armando Benitez sent to M's
(8/7/2003) The Mariners acquired Benitez and cash from the Yankees for Jeff Nelson on Wednesday.
Benitez finally becomes a Yankee
(7/17/2003) The Yankees traded three minor leaguers to the Mets for Armando Benitez on Wednesday.
Benitez to be a Yankee by Thursday?
(7/15/2003) The New York Daily News reports that talks between the Yankees and Mets regarding Armando Benitez have heated up, and Yankees management is set to meet Tuesday to discuss obtaining the reliever. "If this gets done, I would think it will be in the next 24 hours," a Yankee source said. The Mets were reportedly interested in three Yankees pitching prospects, Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia and Yhency Brazoban.
Benitez might be a Giant
(7/12/2003) The New York Daily News reports that Armando Benitez might be traded to San Francisco in a three-way trade involving the Mets, Giants and Yankees. Felix Rodriguez would go to the Yankees, while the Mets would receive prospects. Benitez is also considered a possibility to land in the Bronx with the Yankees, although that scenario seems less likely.
Benitez is a hot commodity
(7/11/2003) The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Benitez is being sought in trade by Florida, Kansas City and San Diego, according to the Mets. Apparently, the hang-up on a Mets-Marlins deal is the inclusion of Marlins' first base prospect Adrian Gonzalez.
(7/9/2003) The New York Post reports that the Mets and Marlins have discussed a trade involving closer Armando Benitez.
Interest in Benitez increases
(7/8/2003) The New York Times reports that trade interest in Armando Benitez has increased after he was named to the All-Star team. The Yankees remain interested in the closer as a setup man to Mariano Rivera, and the Padres are said to have mild interest.
Benitez might setup for Kim
(7/3/2003) According to the New York Daily News, if the Boston Red Sox acquire Armando Benitez from the Mets, they might use him as a setup man for new closer Byung-Hyun Kim.
Benitez to Yankees or Boston?
(6/17/2003) The North Jersey Record reports that Mets general manager Jim Duquette is shopping Armando Benitez to the Yankees and Red Sox.
Armando Benitez saves another
(5/7/2003) Benitez appears to have righted the ship. He pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season on Tuesday.
Howe trying to help Benitez
(4/21/2003) Art Howe told Newsday Armando Benitez's problems might stem from mechanical issues. "Right now it's command. He's flying open and his mechanics are a little bit out of whack," Howe said. Howe will not move Benitez into a setup role right now. "That's the last thing you want to do with your closer because he's the man you're counting on to finish the game up, especially when he has above-average stuff, and Armando definitely has that," Howe said. "His track record has proven he does a great job. He's in a rut right now and we've got to get him through it."
Benitez to remain Mets' closer
(4/15/2003) Mets manager Art Howe told Newsday that he supports Armando Benitez as his closer despite the right-hander's early struggles. "I'm not even close to trying anyone else," said Howe. "He's our closer. For me, he's the guy."
Armando Benitez blows save
(4/6/2003) Benitez allowed four runs, three earned, in the ninth inning on Sunday. He served up a gopher ball to Montreal's Jeff Liefer to blow his first save opportunity of 2003.
Armando Benitez will report late
(2/14/2003) Mets GM Steve Phillips told Newsday Benitez will report to spring training late because of "personal issues". His conditioning is not an issue, and the mandatory reporting date is Feb. 25.
(9/16/2002) Benitez continues to pitch with an ankle injury, and it appears that the ailment is still hindering his ability. Benitez has been successful in three of his four save attempts, but has allowed four earned runs in six innings of work this month while walking four batters. It appears that Benitez's ankle will affect his pitching for the rest of the season. Despite his struggles, he should still provide some saves in the remaining weeks.
(8/5/2002) New York Newsday reports that Benitez has been hindered by an ankle injury. He is not expected to miss any playing time, but the injury might be one of the reasons why Benitez blew a save on August 3. Benitez should still pick up saves but he might not be 100 percent in the next few weeks.
(5/29/2002) Benitez returned from a finger injury on Wednesday. He pitched a scoreless inning for his 10th save, and should be very reliable for the rest of the year.
(5/28/2002) New York Newsday notes Benitez has not been available for two consecutive days because of complications with his healing right index finger. His current status is day to day. Scott Strickland will close games if Benitez is unavailable.
(5/18/2002) Benitez, who had been sidelined with a cut index finger, returned to action Friday in San Diego. He pitched a scoreless inning, and you should get him back in your active lineup if you reserved him.
(5/16/2002) Benitez (finger) told The Star-Ledger that he feels better, but he was not available to pitch on Wednesday. His status remains day to day.
(5/15/2002) Benitez is ready to pitch. He missed the past three games because of a cut on his index finger, which he suffered while closing a clubhouse door after Friday night's game.
(5/13/2002) Benitez missed his second straight game on Sunday because of a finger injury. X-rays were negative, and his status remains day to day.
(5/12/2002) Benitez was unavailable for Saturday's game because of a finger injury. His current status is day to day. Subbing for Benitez, Scott Strickland earned his first save of the year in Saturday's win over Colorado.
(4/29/2002) Benitez was struck on the thumb by a ball on Sunday, but the injury is not serious. He will not miss any playing time.
(3/25/2002) Benitez twisted his left ankle on Sunday. The injury is not considered to be serious and won't affect his draft value.
(7/5/2001) Benitez says he hurt his right knee last week in Chicago and needs the All-Star break to rest the injury, according to the N.Y. Daily News. "My knee is a little sore and it's better that I take a little rest (than go to the All-Star game)," he said. Benitez should be fine, so keep him active.
(6/7/2001)The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Mets may be shopping Benitez. The closer, who has struggled this season, wouldn't see any real change in Fantasy value unless he was dealt to a team that used him as a setup man.
(5/9/2001) Benitez is dealing with a sore right knee, but Manager Bobby Valentine doesn't blame it for his closer's recent struggles. "He was rusty," said Valentine. "He didn't have a real good rhythm." The injury isn't expected to cause Benitez to miss any playing time.
(9/15/2000) Benitez is suffering from a toe injury and is questionable for Friday's game. He has 37 saves in 43 opportunities this season.
(8/3/2000) Benitez pitched a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to notch his 27th save of the season.
(2/17/2000) Avoiding a scheduled arbitration hearing, the Mets have agreed to a four-year deal with flame-throwing closer Armando Benitez. A 27-year-old right-hander, Benitez took over last season when erstwhile closer John Franco went down with an injury. While posting a 1.85 ERA with 22 saves, Benitez allowed just 40 hits in 78 innings while fanning 128.
(7/6/1999) With John Franco on the DL, Armando Benitez becomes the closer for the Mets. He has the stuff to be one of the best, grab him if you can.
(4/7/1999) Benitez has a laceration on his pitching hand that will keep him out of action for a few games at most. There is no reason to think this will effect his numbers over the course of a full 162 game season.
(12/28/1998) A versatile performer who can help you when you need another quality player in your bullpen. Has the ability to hold or close games. He won't save 22 games again, but could reach double figures as he gives John Franco some help. He is solid in the ERA and WHIP categories, but don't expect overwhelming success.