No offense, pkarr...but that's just dumb. He's been "resting" all season. Once he's fit to pitch, that's it...he pitches. And seeing as Hoffman is among the best closers of all time, he gets his job back as soon he's ready. Figure him for two or three warmup stints possibly, and then he closes. Obviously, Beck has done a terrific job, but Hoffman is the SD closer till he shows he's no longer capable of getting the saves. If the Padres were in a pennant race, there could be an argument made that they need to stay with the hot hand. Since that's not the case, they need to get Hoffman ready for next year by putting him back into tight spots this year.