Joaquin Benoit, seen here on card number 837 of the the 2006 Upper Deck set, is the second Rangers pitcher to undergo rotator cuff surgery this off-season. Like Eric Hurley, he is likely gone for the season. There is a slight chance that he will be back before the end of the year but the odds are not good.
So, the pitching frustrations have begun already. Benoit was one of the relievers who had to have a good year in order for the Rangers to be competitive. The question becomes now, who will replace him? There seems to still be a lot of competition for the four starting rotation slots but there might be room left over in the bullpen.