By Sean McAdam
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TORONTO -- Terry Francona all but closed the door Monday on reliever Bobby Jenks pitching again this season.
"I would say the chance of Bobby pitching . . . we're probably past that point," said Francona.
About 10 days ago, Jenks was set to begin a rehab assignment for Single A Salem, but fell ill. Since then, his back, which has led to two DL stints, has acted up again and there are no plans for him to throw anytime soon.
He's set to see Dr. Kirk Wood, a Boston back specialist, Wednesday.
"The role that we envisioned for him" -- seventh-inning bridge to Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon -- "never came to fruition," said Francona. "We've tried to fill that role. But we haven't had him. It's not like we had two good months of him and we had to replace him."
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Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.