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Bobby Jenks may not pitch until midseason

Bobby Jenks

Boston Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks wipes his face after giving up an RBI double to Seattle Mariners Jack Cust in the seventh inning of an MLB baseball game in Boston, Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


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.