Reliever Joaquin Benoit hasn’t said anything officially, but he is expected to retire, per MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.
Benoit, 41, signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nationals in February. However, he was never health enough to contribute due to what was initially deemed strained right forearm. The issue turned out to be a right shoulder injury. Benoit attempted to rehab rather than undergo surgery, but it didn’t take.
Benoit pitched parts of 16 seasons in the majors with the Rangers, Rays, Tigers, Padres, Mariners, Blue Jays, Phillies, and Pirates. He compiled a 3.83 ERA with 1,058 strikeouts and 437 walks across 1,068 2/3 innings.
As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.
Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.