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Bobby Jenks done for the season, Erik Bedard skipping start

Sep 5, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

Bobby Jenks

Bobby Jenks hasn’t pitched since July 7 because of a back injury and manager Terry Francona told reporters this morning that the big right-hander is unlikely to return this season.

This is Jenks’ third disabled list stint of the season and he allowed 12 runs in 16 innings in between the injuries, so the Red Sox have no real motivation to get him healthy to serve as a mop-up man down the stretch anyway.

However, because they signed Jenks to a two-year, $12 million deal as a free agent he’ll be under contract for $6 million next season.

In other Red Sox injury news, Erik Bedard is expected to skip his next turn in the rotation because of a knee injury. Unlike with Jenks there’s plenty of motivation to get Bedard healthy, as he’s thrown 32 innings with a 3.66 ERA and 32/13 K/BB ratio since joining Boston’s rotation.

  1. Erik Klemetti - Sep 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Huh, I never noticed how much Jenks looks like Chumlee from Pawn Stars. I guess that likely says a lot about Bobby’s conditioning regimen.

  2. cur68 - Sep 5, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Sox @ Jays: Hey-soooos Maria, but Becket and Varitek are slow to decide on a pitch. I do believe their strategy is to bore the hitter to sleep. I’m nearly asleep now.

  3. titknocker - Sep 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Maybe if this fat slob mixed in a salad from time to time he might not have back problems. instead he opts for the whole leg of lamb. Another genius move by Theo. Now they have no choice but to give Papelbon what he deserves!!

    • bigharold - Sep 5, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      “Now they have no choice but to give Papelbon what he deserves!!”

      That’s not so much Jenk’s failings or Theo’s inability to find a decent closer as it is Bard’s not being ready to be the closer.

      Bard isn’t a finished product yet but he has a certain Kyle Farnsworth quality to him. He has a real good fastball but it is kind of straight. While he might get better he doesn’t look like he’s ready to step into the closer slot.

      I think Papelbon is an insufferable moron but he’s also going to be the best closer available the coming off season. I don’t see RS letting him get away despite the fact that he’s going to want far more money than the RS will want to pay.

  4. titknocker - Sep 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    I know Bards not ready yet. I assumed the whole idea of bringing in that fat slob Jenks was to have him close next year and ease Bard in afterwards. Jenks has been awful this year, where as Papelbon has been fantastic. But like you said he is an “insufferable moron”

  5. ILoveBaseball - Sep 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Where’s the evidence Bard’s not ready? His freakin’ whip is .8 and has gotten better every year. And Farnsworth’s whip through the same age was 1.499!!!!!! He averaged 9 hits and 4 walks per 9 inning. The only similarity between the two is they throw hard. Doesn’t mean squat by itself.

    Jenks once was the subject of a 60 minutes piece demonstrating average or better IQ isn’t necessarily required to succeed in baseball.

    Bard’s definitely ready. Papelbon’s still good.

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