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Bobby Jenks set to rejoin Red Sox on Tuesday in Philly

Jun 26, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

Bobby Jenks AP

Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw a scoreless rehab inning on Saturday for Double-A Portland, needing only 13 pitches. It was enough to convince the Boston brass that he is ready to begin contributing again at the major league level.

According to Rob Bradford of, Jenks will not make another rehab appearance and has been cleared to rejoin the Red Sox bullpen in time for Tuesday night’s series-opener against the Phillies.

Jenks is not off to a great start in Boston, sporting a 6.57 ERA and 14/11 K/BB ratio through his first 12 1/3 frames, but the Red Sox are going to chalk those early struggles up to bad health and hope for better in the future. The 30-year-old former closer still carries a strong 3.51 career ERA and 1.25 career WHIP.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 26, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Thank God!! The boston bullpen has been missing this guy in a big way, i feel a LOT better knowing he is back there to protect the game in the late innings. Welcome back Bobby!! I hope boston signs you for many more years to come!!

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      It’s amazing how engorged with hate you are for the Red Sox. You comment on them more than the team you supposedly root for.

      Do you get a bigger kick out of seeing the Yankees win, or the Red Sox lose?

      Kinda sad if you ask me.

    • purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      It’s Bobby STINKS!!! Be careful for what you wish for!!!

    • bobwsc - Jun 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      all done? go back to peeling one off to your stack of Jeter-covered mags.

  2. frankvzappa - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    contributing you say? i am not too sure that losing every game you are brought into can be classified as “contributing”…you keep using that word, but i do not think it means what you think it means…

  3. aceshigh11 - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Ah, how perfect…

    With the Sox offense stalling out a bit and facing the toughest pitching rotation in baseball, we get JENKS back, so he can…what?

    Promptly cough up every lead we might (emphasis on MIGHT) have? Sounds about right.

    This week is going to be so much fun.

    • baseballisboring - Jun 27, 2011 at 3:11 AM

      come on now. we’re talking about 12 innings (with 14 strikeouts, even). he has a much longer track record of quality pitching.

      • purdueman - Jun 27, 2011 at 3:30 AM

        The Jenks off the bottle isn’t the same Jenks on the bottle; apparently he hasn’t recovered from last season, when he hung out every night with his buddies Jack (Daniels), Johnny (Walker), Jim (Beam), and his Old Grand Dad! 😉

  4. bobwsc - Jun 26, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    he’s not going to pitch when the game is on the line any time soon. they have a lot more trust in Aceves and Bard bridging to Papelbon. they’d likely go to Albers in a tight situation over Jenks. anything they get out of him down the stretch is gravy since he’s disappointed so far.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Jenks should be used early and often, he is so good and so big he can be the closer AND the bridge to the closer at the sametime

    • purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      perhaps, but only if he’s not fighting a hangover or coming off a bender which was his problem last season in Chicago.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Me thinks he might stop off for a cheesesteak or two while in Philly.

    • frankvzappa - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      methinks is one word

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