CHICAGO -- Judging by Ozzie Guillen's comments on Tuesday concerning Bobby Jenks, the White Sox closer isn't expected back any time soon from his current bout of ulnar neuritis in his right forearm.
"No, no. He's not in my mind, that's how far away he is," said Guillen of Jenks, who has not pitched since saving both ends of a doubleheader sweep on Sept. 4 at Fenway Park. "I don't know where he is right now or how he feels. He has to throw a bullpen and then after that, we have to decide what we do with him."
Jenks played catch on Tuesday and "felt all right," according to White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. But Cooper said that when Jenks tried to go a little longer, "it didn't feel so good."
"He won't be available [Tuesday] and I find it hard to believe that he's going to be available tomorrow or the next day, but I could be wrong with that," Cooper continued. "That's where we're at with Bobby."
Rookie Chris Sale, Matt Thornton, J.J. Putz and Sergio Santos all could be closing options for the White Sox, depending on the matchups. Guillen has been going with Sale, who has given up one run over 15 2/3 innings, and has two saves this month.