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Jenks pulled in ninth inning with back spasms

Aug 12, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

The White Sox avoided a fairly major injury scare Thursday in Chicago. Ninth-inning man Bobby Jenks was accompanied off the mound in the ninth inning after feeling some pain and discomfort in his back. Not to worry, though, because he was...

The White Sox avoided a fairly major injury scare Thursday night in Chicago.

Ninth-inning man Bobby Jenks was accompanied off the mound in the ninth inning after feeling some pain and discomfort in his back.  Not to worry, though, because he was later diagnosed with back spams, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, and is likely to be listed as “day-to-day” when it’s all said and done.  The big man faced only three batters Thursday, retiring one, allowing a Denard Span single, and walking Orlando Hudson just before being removed.

If he’s deemed unavailable this weekend, quality setup men J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton could see save chances.

Jenks has posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and a 51/17 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings this season as the White Sox’s closer.  He’s converted 23-of-26 save opportunities.

  1. Ick McWang - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    his era kinda blows but 51 k in 41 inning and 23 of 26 saves isn’t as bad as ozzie has made it out to be.

  2. tdawg69 - Aug 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Maybe his back would hurt less if he laid off the cheeseburgers for a while. Just saying.

  3. Knight-of-God - Aug 13, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Man does he eat all the left over game balls? Dude is huge.

  4. BC - Aug 13, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    He’s a freaking tank! Wow! Time for some Jenny Craig, Bobby….

  5. El Bravo - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    This would be great for the Sox if Jenks injured himself. Sorry Jenks, but that’s the truth. He is no longer the best guy to close for them, but yet Ozzie can’t take the wind out of his sails and demote him from closer b/c of some backdoor pride-related b.s. He shouldn’t be their closer and has proven that all year long. They have a great relief corps that could easily allow a guy to settle in as the new closer. An injury to Jenks would be the easiest way to make this happen and wouldn’t hurt anyone’s pride…(which I think is crap, sit the guy now, healthy or not, and move on)

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