Red Sox put Jenks on DL again

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks reacts after being taken out of the game after giving up...

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks reacts after being taken out of the game after giving up the lead to the Toronto Blue Jays in this April 15, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL. - The Boston Red Sox have placed pitcher Bobby Jenks on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season on Saturday.

The move, which is retroactive to July 8, is due to the right-hander suffering from tightness in the left side of his back.

The 30-year-old has battled through injuries this season as he was on the DL from May 2-30 with a right biceps strain and June 8-27 with left back tightness.

He has appeared in 19 games out of the bullpen this year, and is 2-2 with a 6.32 earned run average. He is in his first season with Boston after spending the previous six with the White Sox.

To take the roster spot of Jenks, the team selected the contract of left- hander Randy Williams from Triple-A Pawtucket. Boston also designated lefty Tommy Hottovy for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Williams.

Williams was signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent this past offseason and has spent time in the majors with the Mariners, Padres, Rockies and White Sox.

Hottovy has made eight relief appearances for Boston after being selected to the roster on June 3. He gave up three runs in four innings before being optioned to Pawtucket on June 26.


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