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Jenks irritated by challenge to 'prove myself'

Jenks irritated by challenge to 'prove myself'

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OAKLAND -- Two days after Bobby Jenks' 11th-inning meltdown in Seattle, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he is sticking with his plan to consider other options at closer in order to give Jenks a chance to "regroup."

"I've been the closer for this team, this is my sixth year closing," Jenks said before Friday night's game against the Oakland A's. "I shouldn't have to go out there and prove myself over and over again. I think I've done that, and it looks like I'm going to have to do it again."

Apparently so. His struggle Wednesday against the Mariners came on the heels of Sunday's ninth-inning implosion against the Twins.

Guillen tried the same tack earlier in the season, although a save situation never arose during Jenks' brief break from closing.

"That doesn't mean he loses his job," Guillen said. "We want him to get back on track and get back to where he belongs."

Jenks said he's taking Guillen's decision as a challenge, albeit irritating.

"It's both," Jenks said. "I don't want to really overstep my boundaries as far as manager-player goes. Even Mariano [Rivera] had a couple bad games in a row. In my case, I just go out there and when I get the ball, I go out there and do my job. That's all I can do."

When asked what Jenks' problem was at Seattle, Guillen said a lack of velocity wasn't the culprit.

"His velocity was OK, 93, 94 [mph]. That wasn't that bad," Guillen said. "Location was bad. The breaking ball [wasn't] doing anything. We want him to be back, to be sharp. That's the reason we're going to do it."

Guillen said he has "a lot of options" to close games. Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz have to be at the top of the list. Putz has 105 career saves. Thornton has saved five games this season.

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