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Bobby Jenks may not pitch until midseason

Feb 20, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

Bobby Jenks

Bobby Valentine was asked about reliever Bobby Jenks today, and he said that Jenks — who underwent two back surgeries this offseason — will not pitch during the spring.  Rather, he expects him to be a “mid-season arrival.”

Jenks, of course, was able to manage only 19 appearances last season, striking out 17 and walking 13 in 15 and two-thirds with a 6.32 ERA.  His unavailability was part of the reason Boston got Mark Melancon and Andrew Bailey this winter.

Of course, I’m still not ruling out John Henry’s ownership of that soccer team as the real reason.

  1. bigharold - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    The Curse of Theo lives yet!

    The gift that just keeps on giving.

  2. pisano - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Yeah, Jenks, Crawford,Lackey, and a few others, Theo’s swan song to John Henry.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      They all looked good at the time. Not everything works out.

      • baseballisboring - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        For god’s sake, thank you.

      • homelanddefense - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        thats not completely true. There were many people questioning the money he gave to Lackey and Jenks when those signings were made. There was even some, although much less, concern about Crawford.

        As far as Theo goes his tenure is split in two parts IMO. The beginning was brilliant, the last two or three years not so great. Overall he won 2 WS so I cant complain….but it doesnt mean a Red Sox fan shouldnt be upset over the condition he left the team.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        There’s concern and pensiveness every time a lot of money is spent. Lackey and Crawford looked great before Boston signed them – especially Crawford. Jenks was riskier for sure, but sometimes you roll the dice, and sometimes you have guys above you making you offer contracts. We don’t know everything, as fans of a complicated business.

        Seriously, sometimes things just don’t work out. I hope Theo continues to focues on my Cubs farm system and learns from those big signings.

    • patsandsox - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Theo thought he was a young George Steinbrenner. I for one will not miss him. Cherrington will take a year or two to jettison the Lackeys, Jenks and other major blunders of theo the “genius”. Most of his success was in place before his arrival, he was good with trades, and disaster with free agents. If there was any justice he would have to take Lackey with him as the “compensation”. Then we could see how the Cubs fans would feel about thier savior. I expect him to join the long list of people that failed as the next person to fix the Cubs.
      For the true Cubs fans I hope I am proved wrong. I dont see a contending club in place with just a piece or two to tweak as he had in Boston when he arrived here.

      Good luck Cubbies, Theo is a fraud.

      • baseballisboring - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        I just can’t even imagine lacking perspective and reasoning skills to the point where I would write something like this.

      • Ari Collins - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        a) the ’04 team was mostly Theo’s, even if it was still like 30% Duquette. The ’07 team was like 95% Theo.

        b) Theo wasn’t a disaster with FA, he had quite a few good ones as well and a couple great FA signings. The terrible ones were more recent and (by nature) made bigger news, but regardless, he was still below average with his FA buys.

        c) Besides trades, Theo’s other strength was in drafting and developing. And locking those players up to good contracts, which is why there’s still a good young core going forward.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    All I can say about this news is “drat”. As a Jays fan, I will miss him.

  4. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Two complete wastes: Bobby Jenks for the Sox and Pedro Feliciano for the Yankees. The truly sad part about all of this is that come next season there will be other teams willing to throw money at these guys. WHAT A WASTE.

    • patsandsox - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      So sad and so True Uyfi. As with many other loser we have both suffered with.

  5. frenchy121212 - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    The less jenks pitches, the better off the redsox are. Get well soon Bobby.

    • patsandsox - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      My feeling is Jenks will throw a couple of good outings in Septermber. Just enough that someone will take a chance on him. He will be with the Sox just long enough to get healthy

  6. pogodog7 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Jenks will never be a decent pitcher again until he stops being a fat blob

  7. ken1lutheran - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I can’t believe people bashing Theo. Has everyone already forgotten that the Red Sox hadn’t won a World Series since 1918 when he took over? That in his very first year as GM, he pulled in a bunch of reject scrubs which proceeded to get to Game 7 of the ALCS and lost that game only because Grady Little didn’t know when to pull Pedro Martinez? That in the years that followed, the Red Sox won two World Series?

    Come on; he did an amazing job as GM. Let’s not act like Yankees fans who think that anything less than winning the World Series every year is failure.

  8. patsandsox - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Ari Collins I can only guess you never followed the Sox before 2004 if you can some how say the sox of that year were 70% Theos its the other way around, in fact almost 90% Dukes team until he traded Nomar half way through the season.
    Any way I agree with you on his development and drafting skills I had overlooked that. I forgot that and have to give him his due for that.
    Just angry about all the Lugos, Renterias, Lackeys, Jenks, Crawfords, Camerons…..

  9. deathmonkey41 - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Can we assume that when Jenks does come back, he’ll be in TBSOHL?

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