FORT MYERS, Fla. — Bobby Jenks may be on the shelf for a while.
While speaking with reporters on Monday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the reliever ?? who underwent two procedures on his back this offseason ?? likely won't pitch during spring training.
"He's a long ways away from thinking about baseball activities," Valentine said. "He's really had a terrible offseason, health-wise. He's a real back burner guy. I don't expect to see him in many baseball activities for a while — if at all this spring."
Injuries have plagued Jenks' career with the Red Sox. Since joining the team last year, he has battled a biceps strain, back stiffness and pulmonary embolism. The setbacks limited Jenks to just 15 2/3 innings in 2011, when he posted a 2-2 record with a 6.32 ERA.