Red Sox Activate Setup Man Bobby Jenks From Disabled List

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Bobby Jenks Rejoining Red Sox Bullpen

Various bits of Red Sox news from Terry Francona via Alex Speier, the most immediate of them concerning reliever Bobby Jenks:

Francona on Big Show: Jenks activated, Michael Bowden optioned; both John Lackey and Darnell McDonald starting rehab in Pawtucket tonight

In Darnell McDonald's absence, the Red Sox' only real backup outfielder has been Mike Cameron, which would be fine except Cameron hasn't hit at all. So the Sox might find McDonald useful as an occasional fill-in for both J.D. Drew and Carl Crawford, both of whom a) bat left-handed, and b) haven't batted well this spring.

John Lackey, you know about. He makes a lot of money, and only so much can be expected of Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves, who (granted) have both pitched well since joining the rotation after Lackey and Diasuke Matsuzaka went on the DL.

Bowden, the onetime starting prospect who's been shifted to full-time relief duties, won't exactly be missed as he's gotten into just one game for the big club since coming up. Meanwhile, Jenks racked up a 9.35 ERA in 11 games before hitting the DL with ERA-itis. But Jenks is obviously healthy now, having pitched two whole innings with Pawtucket and walked only one enemy batsman.

I'm sure everything will be fine.

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Red Sox Send Relievers Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler To DL

From Boston.com's Nick Cafardo, a couple of moves this morning for the Red Sox:

Sleepy morning here, but the Red Sox are making moves in their bullpen. Lefty Rich Hill and righthander Scott Atchison are active for today's game after coming in from Scranton where Pawtucket was playing.

Both Dan Wheeler (calf) and Bobby Jenks (biceps) are heading to the disabled list.

It's odd, isn't it, how often pitchers go on the Disabled List well after it's seemed like something wasn't right? Jenks -- and damn it, but every time I type that name I think of the cat in Meet the Parents -- sports a 9.35 ERA, which looks good only next to Wheeler's 11.32 figure.

Also oddly, they've done their damage in completely opposite fashions. Jenks hasn't given up a home run, but he's got nine walks to go along with his 10 strikeouts. Wheeler's walked just one while striking out eight, but he's given up four home runs in 10 innings. I guess there's more than one way to skin a Himalayan.

Meanwhile, Rich Hill contracted a mild case of SS in 2008, but seems to have recovered nicely last season after moving to the bullpen, then to the Red Sox organization. This spring with Pawtucket, he's struck out 18 International Leaguers and walked only five in 16 innings of relief work. And without having seen him pitch recently, we may only assume that he's still throwing one of the prettiest curves you'll see.

Atchison, who somehow is now 35 years old, performed adequately for the Red Sox last season, and was off to an even better start with Pawtucket than Hill.

Oddly -- yes, again -- the Sox should be a lot better off, in the short term anyway, with castoffs Hill and Atchison than the two guys who are earning $9 million this year.

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