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Jenks available to close for White Sox

Jenks available to close for White Sox

CHICAGO -- After declaring himself healthy for Tuesday's game and being overruled by manager Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Jenks is finally fit to return in his role as the closer for the White Sox. Jenks threw a scoreless inning in the White Sox 9-5 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

"I talked to Bobby Jenks today, yes," Guillen said. "Hopefully, that's the last time Bobby goes through [injury troubles], but in the meanwhile, I can not worry about putting him in a save situation tonight."

"Bobby's our closer," Guillen added.

Guillen's statement put to rest any speculation about whether Jenks would continue to be called upon to close out games for the South Siders.

Matt Thornton will regain his position as a left-handed setup guy, tasked with pitching the eighth inning or earlier, if a tough left handed batter happens to come up.

"I don't care how well Thornton is throwing the ball. The reason we used him [on May 28] was because Bobby was down. You look at Texas' team, they only have two lefties. I have to go with Bobby. If they go with lefties, I might take a chance with Thornton. Right now, the way we play, we have to do everything to win the game."

Jenks elaborated on the nature of his injury, which was unrelated to the right thigh ailments that plagued him during the past few seasons.

"It's just a little different, because there was no pop like the previous one," Jenks said. "So this is more frustrating than anything. Before, I went out there and felt it. This is more of a cramp that wouldn't release."

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