ARLINGTON -- White Sox closer Bobby Jenks was reinstated from the Major League bereavement/family medical emergency list prior to Friday's series opener in Texas, a locale where Jenks has been since June 27 to deal with a family illness.
Jenks gave an all-clear sign to pitch on Friday, despite being away from the game for one week. The burly right-hander has converted 12 consecutive save opportunities and has allowed one run in 12 innings over his previous 13 appearances, but he has not pitched since saving all three games of the Atlanta series from June 22-24.
"It's just like riding a bike," Jenks said. "You just go out there right now and get a little touch and feel in. Obviously, everything is fine. Just see about getting the blood flowing again, just go through the motions, just throw a bullpen and get back into it."
Heavy rain on Friday prevented Jenks from throwing a full side session, according to Ozzie Guillen. The White Sox manager was hoping to give Jenks another day, relying on Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz to close out a 5-3 victory.
"You know, I don't want to take the risk because we couldn't be on the field today," Guillen said prior to Friday's game. "I'm going to try to stay away from him and go with the plan we have in Kansas City and take it from there.
"Bobby didn't do anything for almost a week. It's a lot of risk for him there with all the problems he had in the past, his calf. I don't care what he does, he's not in baseball shape right now. We are going to give him one day to see how he throw on the side."