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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Jenks taken out of opener with shoulder tightness

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- White Sox closer Bobby Jenks threw nine pitches Wednesday in Chicago's opening spring training game before being taken out against Colorado because of tightness in his right shoulder.

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Jenks, who led the White Sox with 41 saves last year and was an instrumental part of Chicago's late season run to the 2005 World Series, was to be evaluated Thursday.

He faced only three batters in a 12-4 loss to Colorado before manager Ozzie Guillen took him out. Jenks doesn't expect to miss any game action.

"There is no pain at all, no sharp pain, just one pitch where it caught right away," Jenks said. "That is why I called Ozzie out there. There is nothing wrong with it. It is just tight. I couldn't get the extension, and I can't accelerate through the ball because I have no range right now."

Jenks is in his second full-year with the White Sox. He said the tightness had been there since he arrived at spring training.

"Coming into camp there was a little tightness back there, but I have been working all spring to loosen the back of my shoulder. I had no internal rotation," Jenks said. "The combination of that and today using bad mechanics of dropping my elbow was not good. It caught the back of my shoulder and tightened it up, but there is nothing to worry about."

The right-hander, whose velocity reaches about 100 mph, hit Jayson Nix with a pitch and walked Ian Stewart, then left with a 2-0 count on Joe Koshansky.

"Every time his mechanics are not in the right place, he will be sore," Guillen said. "We have to monitor him really well and see how he feels. When you have closing mentality in the first game, and with the way the weather is, I got the feeling after the first couple of pitches I knew something was wrong."

Jenks worked out for nearly a half hour after being taken out, and said he just needed to stretch his shoulder more in the next few days.