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Sunday, February 13, 2011
Jenks: 'Not here to step on toes'

By Gordon Edes

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- How to describe Bobby Jenks? Picture a tattooed Amish farmer, some of my media colleagues suggested, and you start to get the picture.

Jenks arrived here in camp Sunday morning, whisk-broom beard intact, on the official reporting date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers, and declared no interest in a potential closer controversy with the incumbent, Jonathan Papelbon

“I didn’t come here to step on anybody’s toes,’’ he said. “I know what my role is coming here. We’ve been friends, shoot, for many years. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem at all.’’

When Jenks was told that Papelbon said he expects calls for Jenks the minute he blows a save or two, and was asked how he planned to handle that, he said:

“I think hopefully the best I can. If those questions come up, it’s going to come down to a decision of the management. Whatever they think is best for the team. If that means … whatever that means, they’ll be doing it for their own reasons.’’

Jenks had elbow inflammation at the end of last season, which was a “great concern” at the time. But he is satisfied that his arm is healthy entering the spring.

“The more doctors I’ve seen, the more MRIs, the more X-rays I got, the better I felt,’’ he said. “I knew it was nothing serious, just a little tweak of the nerve. It’s something where all I needed was rest. There’s no question in anyone’s mind that’s all it was. It was a relief.’’

Jenks said Red Sox doctors checked him out again after the physical he took before signing and said they were “very pleased, knowing I’m at 100 percent.’’

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