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Boston’s Bobby Jenks not returning soon

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Boston Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is in the middle of a two-year, $12 million contract and it appears that he'll be paid a large chunk of that money without throwing a single pitch. Manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that Jenks won't be back in team's lineup likely before midseason.

"Bobby said he'd like to take one week at a time,'' Valentine said, the Globe reports. "That means he's a long way about thinking baseball activities. He's really had a terrible offseason health-wise. He's a real back-burner guy. I don't think we'll see him in baseball activities for quite a while if at all this spring.''

Jenks was not in the lineup for the Sox last year after July 7 and made only 19 appearances for the team, during which he earned himself a 6.32 ERA.

Since last pitching, Jenks has had two surgeries in an attempt to fix up a spinal issue and has taken medication to dissolve a pulmonary embolism.

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