Jenks Out Again


Before the Boston Red Sox took the win Wednesday against the Yankees, the team suffered a loss from its roster.  Reliever Bobby Jenks is headed back to the disabled list with back spasms.

Jenks rejoined the club May 31st after missing about a month due to a bicep strain.  The 30 year old had been solid since his return, not allowing a run in his four appearances.

The right hander took an ERA approaching 10 with him on his first trip to the disabled list.  His strong four game showing lowered that mark to 6.57.

Jenks roster spot has been temporarily filled by catcher Luis Exposito.  Boston will hold onto the backstop until Jarrod Saltalamacchia is able to return.  The Sox will then look to add another reliever to their pen.

Jenks joins fellow relievers Rich Hill and Franklin Morales on the Sox DL.  Boston’s pen has struggled this season, as Jenks and fellow free agent acquisition Dan Wheeler have not performed as hoped.  As a team the Red Sox bullpen has maintained an ERA of 4.24, placing them 24th in the majors.

Still the club’s offense has been one of the best in the league, and Boston’s front three of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have carried the starting staff.

Wednesday’s win vaulted the Sox into first place in the AL East, a game up on the Yankees.