Jenks is back, and anxious to start pitching

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Jenks is back, and anxious to start pitching

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- It's been almost exactly a month since Bobby Jenks has appeared in a game for the Red Sox. Now, after a stint on the DL due to a biceps strain and two rehab apperances for Pawtucket last weekend, Jenks is eager to return.

"I'm back at 100 percent," proclaimed Jenks. "My arm feels great. I was throwing the ball well at Pawtucket; I was commanding all my pitches and feeling very good."

Jenks didn't allow a run in five of his first six appearances for the Sox in April, but in retrospect, the arm began effecting him in mid-April, a "solid two weeks," before he shut it down.

"He was throwing hard," recounted Terry Francona. "That wasn't an issue. The thing that was bothering him was the command."

"I was feeling I could keep throwing through it," said Jenks. "Unfortunately, we just didn't catch it in time . . . It's something we could have caught sooner, but I was being stubborn and not telling anybody about it."

During the down time - with side sessions -- Jenks was able to correct some poor habits he fell into mechanically.

"Small adjustments, that's all it, really," said Jenks. "Just keeping my shoulder closed longer and keeping my head on top of the ball -- small things to keep myself right."

It's possible -- even likely -- that Jenks' first appearance since May 1 will come against the White Sox, the team for which he pitched six seasons before leaving to sign a two-year deal with the Red Sox last winter.

But facing the White Sox or manager Ozzie Guillen, with whom he's frequently fueded, won't serve as any extra motivation.

"If it was any team right now," he said, "I'd have the same motivation because I'm coming off the DL and I want to get back to work."

Pitching against long-time teammates such as Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski and Carlos Quentin -- among others -- is "going to be weird. But once the game starts and once my inning is there and ready to go, it's time to get down to business."

A month off has given Jenks a new persepctive and a fresh start.

"I want to get back to where I was at the start of the year," he said, "and get back to commanding all my pitches and pitching like I know I can."

Of the verbal give-and-take he had with Guillen last winter and this spring training, Jenks said: "It's water under the bridge for me. I'm here with the Red Sox now and as much as I enjoyed my time over there with Chicago, my focus is on this organization and this team right now."

Jenks said he regretted some of the negative things he had to say about the White Sox and Guillen after leaving.

"I spent a lot of time there and there were a lot of good years," he said.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

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.