Armando Benitez is hurting again. The closer received a cortisone injection in his left knee on Tuesday that will keep him out for at least a few days. The Oakland Tribune reports that Benitez experienced swelling after aggravating the knee on Sunday against he Padres. In that game, Benitez threw 36 pitches and allowed six runs before being relieved after retiring just one batter. Trainer Stan Conte said the new injury, diagnosed as an inflamed bursa sac, has nothing to do with the surgically-repaired hamstring that kept Benitez out for most of last season.
Benitez looked good late last year after returning from the hamstring injury, but it is reassuring that the latest malady has nothing to do with that problem. Still, any knee injury is disconcerting, especially considering Armando weighs in at a robust 260 pounds. The Giants are concerned about Benitez compensating for the knee injury, so they'll shut him down for a few days and hope the cortisone shot allows him to pitch pain-free. Tim Worrell and Tyler Walker both have closing experience should this injury continue to nag Benitez.