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09/13/08 4:00 PM ET

Hurler Benoit to see doctor

Reliever unavailable; to have shoulder examined

OAKLAND -- Rangers reliever Joaquin Benoit is expected to see the doctor when Texas returns home next week.

Benoit isn't sure if he'll have a regular physical or an MRI, but he is hoping he won't need surgery. The reliever said he's not even thinking about that.

Benoit just knows that his right shoulder is not right, and he is not available out of the Rangers' bullpen as they go down the stretch.

"I need to figure out what's wrong and get it right," Benoit said.

He was the Rangers' Pitcher of the Year in 2007, but now it appears that he won't pitch again this season. He has gone from 7-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 70 games last season to 3-2 with a 5.00 ERA in 44 games this year. It comes back to the shoulder.

"It hasn't been good all year," Benoit said. "There are days where it has been all right, but it hasn't been 100 percent. I think I've been pitching trying to be a hero. But this is not about trying to be a hero. It's about being healthy and doing your best."

Benoit was on the disabled list from July 5 to Aug. 6, and has a 2.79 ERA in 10 appearances since his return. But he's been mainly used in middle relief or for one-hitter situations. He has not been the lights-out setup reliever that he was in 2007.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," Benoit said. "I'm going to the doctor's office and [having] it checked. I'm not sure if I'll get an MRI or a normal physical. I'm not thinking about surgery. Hopefully, that's not going to happen, knock on wood."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.