Benoit update: Sore, but not injured
Normally, an eighth-inning lead belongs to Joaquin Benoit when he’s available, so Jim Leyland raised eyebrows Tuesday when he went to Octavio Dotel to handle the eighth inning and carry the lead to closer Jose Valverde. Leyland explained after the game that Benoit had some soreness around his right shoulder.
“He’s been a little sore, but he’s ok. No red flags,” Leyland said.
It’s similar, Leyland said, to a minor issue he had last year. Leyland said he gave him two days off at the time and he felt fine afterwards. Tuesday marked his second consecutive day off, Leyland expects to have him for Wednesday. He could have pitched Tuesday if needed, Leyland said, but he wanted to avoid it if he could.