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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Jenks' back no better; Albers able fill-in

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has not improved since he was placed on the disabled list on July 16 (retroactive to July 8) with left back tightness.

The right-hander has had three stints on the DL this season, his first with Boston, and has been limited to 19 games (2-2, 6.32 ERA).

When asked if there were any updates on his status, Red Sox manager Terry Francona couldn’t give one.

“There really isn’t. He’s not feeling better yet,” Francona said. “As the doctors come in, they keep looking at him. We’re not hiding anything. If we get something, I’ll tell you, but we don’t have anything.”

With Jenks spending the majority of the season on the DL, right-handed reliever Matt Albers has been solid for Boston.

Albers currently has a season-high 11 1/3 scoreless innings streak with 15 strikeouts in his last eight appearances. He’s allowed only one run in his last 17 outings and only two over the last 20 games. Overall, 27 of his 33 outings have been scoreless.

“He’s been a blessing for that bullpen,” Francona said. “He’s pitched some huge innings for us. Basically, Jenks’ innings right from the get-go, and it’s been multiple innings too. He likes to pitch and he’s a great kid. He takes the ball anytime you give it to him.”