Boston placed Jenks on the DL Saturday after the right hander again experienced discomfort in his back. Jenks felt the pain when he was warming up for Friday’s game, and the Red Sox made the roster move before Saturday night’s contest.
This marks the third time Jenks will hit the shelf already this season. His last trip was also related to back pains while his first stint was caused by a biceps strain.
Jenks was awful at the beginning of the year for Boston, but seemed to be getting into a groove upon return from his first stay on the disabled list. Jenks was able to post 3.2 scoreless innings for the Sox.
The success was short lived, as Jenks’ back once again signed his ticket for the DL. He returned June 28th and managed only 4 appearances before his back flared up for a second time.
On the year, Jenks has posted an ugly ERA and WHIP of 6.32 and 2.23. But over his last 8 appearances, the 30 year old held opponents to only 2 runs in 7 innings of work.
As much as the injuries must be frustrating Jenks, the Red Sox can’t be feeling too great either. They invested $12 million over the next two seasons into the big righty.
To replace Jenks, Boston called up left hander Randy Williams from Triple-A.
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