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The O-Zone: Jenks jinx?
Posted by Joe Oberkrieser at 3/2/2007 6:46:00 PM
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THE JENKS JINX

White Sox closer Bobby Jenks left last nightís game with tightness in his pitching shoulder. Normally, I wouldnít worry too much about this -- just some spring stiffness, right?

Iím not so sure.

Letís take a look at some first- and second-half splits for Jenks last year:

First half: 2.83 ERA, one walk every 3.18 innings, .221 opponents batting average.

Second half: 5.72 ERA, one walk every 1.57 innings, .295 opponents batting average.

Jenksí second-half swoon suggests he was suffering from a physical ailment. Perhaps it was simply fatigue, but perhaps it was something more severe. Jenksí current tussle with shoulder stiffness suggests the latter.

Keep a very close eye on Jenks over the upcoming days and weeks. Maybe Iím making a mountain out of a molehill here, but when a player struggles late one year and then immediately gets hurt in camp the next year, Iím spending my auction dollars elsewhere.


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