BOSTON -- If Monday was any indication, right-hander Bobby Jenks has started to turn a corner in his recovery from left back tightness that has had him on the disabled list since June 8.
"Bobby actually had a real good day," said manager Terry Francona. "He threw out to 200 feet, then threw some flat ground. If he shows up tomorrow with no ill effects from that, he might even take it to the mound a little bit -- not a full fledged side [session], but just kind of getting back on that downhill plain. But he had a really good day -- his best day by far."
Jenks is eligible to be activated on Wednesday, but he won't be back that soon. He will need at least multiple side sessions before returning to action.
It is conceivable Jenks will return at some point during the upcoming nine-game road trip, which opens Friday in Pittsburgh.
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