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Bobby Jenks "may have thrown his last inning for White Sox"

Sep 20, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

Because of forearm pain Bobby Jenks hasn’t pitched since saving both games of a doubleheader on September 4 and Scott Merkin of MLB.com writes that “he could have thrown his last inning for the White Sox.”
No one seems quite sure when or if Jenks will be able to return this season and manager Ozzie Guillen talked about the 29-year-old closer as if he expects the White Sox to non-tender him this winter rather than risk a big salary via arbitration:

We gambled with this kid and it worked pretty good. We win the lottery. This kid was in Double-A and we picked him up and he pitched very well for us. Hopefully we get him back, but that’s someone else’s department. He was great for the White Sox organization.

That “someone else” is general manager Ken Williams, who seems unlikely to bring Jenks back for what would almost surely be a raise on his current $7.5 million salary. Jenks has converted 27-of-31 saves, but his ERA is a career-worst 4.44, he’s been limited to just 53 innings because of injuries, and he’s allowed more than one hit per inning for the first time.

  1. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    So…pitching both ends of a doubleheader didn’t seem to be a bit excessive to somebody who is in da bidniss? Especially while trying to extend their season at the time? Brilliant.

  2. Beanster - Sep 20, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    The 42-pitch 3-inning performance against the Royals on Aug 22 after he’s been struggling with various ailments all year probably didn’t help either.

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Was the 8/22 game a save? If so, I have much less of a problem with a three-inning outing than I do with having a guy warm up, pitch, cool down completely between games and throughout the second, and then warming back up and pitching again–especially after the rosters expanded. Who the hell prepares for a doubleheader in September without adding pitching?!?

    That said, if Lidge was in there for three innings, I think I’d have multiple concurrent coronaries and possible strokes.

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