Friday, August 5, 2011
Jenks to throw side session Sunday
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks (back injury) is scheduled to throw a side session on Sunday at Fenway Park, and if all goes well he will report to the club’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., and will continue throwing there while the team is on the road.
“Obviously [Sunday’s session] is in pencil, but the last couple of times we’ve reached a little quick and it’s gone backwards,” Francona said. “When we go on the road he’ll go to Fort Myers and throw some pens and get him into some simulated games before he heads to Pawtucket.”
The right-handed reliever has spent three separate stints on the disabled list this season, twice with back stiffness. He’s played catch a couple of times this week and the next step will be the side session on Sunday before he begins a minor league rehab assignment.
“We’ll map it out, but the most important thing is he feels good on Sunday when he throws,” Francona said.