The combination of pitching struggles and health woes have been trying for Jenks, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract to forego closing and become a setup man for the Red Sox.
"I'm just excited to be back," said Jenks. "I think I might be the most frustrated one here. When I came back off the DL the first time, I was throwing the ball extremely well. This happened and no one could be more frustrated than I am or happier to be back."
In his first 11 outings of the season, Jenks posted a 9.35 ERA before being shut down with a right bicep strain. Upon his return, he notched four consecutive scoreless outings, only to have his progress halted by an upper back/rib injury on his left side that necessitated another DL stint.
- 131 wins
- 121 wins
This isn't exactly the way he drew it up.
"Right now, I'm definitely the freshest one out there -- that's for sure," said Jenks. "Hopefully this will be the last time and I can just roll into September and the playoffs extremely healthy."
Jenks threw one inning of rehab for Double-A Portland on Saturday, giving up a hit and no runs.
The Red Sox also activated lefty Franklin Morales from the disabled list. After being acquired from the Rockies on May 19, Morales went on the DL just 10 days later with a left forearm strain.
To make room for Jenks and Morales, Boston optioned lefty Tommy Hottovy and righty Scott Atchison to Triple-A Pawtucket.