Injury doesn’t worry Jenks

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / June 8, 2011

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NEW YORK — Bobby Jenks will have an MRI this morning after leaving last night’s game against the Yankees after throwing only four pitches in the seventh inning.

Jenks, a righthander, said the pain was centered behind his left shoulder and is related to an injury he suffered in 2001 while pitching in the minors. He does not believe this latest occurrence is anything serious.

“It’s an injury that happened years and years ago. Unfortunately it still gives me little fits every now and then,’’ Jenks said. “Everything is fine, once it cooled down and the muscle started relaxing. It’ll be all right, maybe a day or two.’’

It was the fourth appearance for Jenks since a four-week stay on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

“Certainly when he came out we were kind of concerned that he pulled it,’’ Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Jenks left with a 3-and-1 count on Jorge Posada. Matt Albers came in and threw ball four. He then fell behind Alex Rodriguez 3-and-1 but got him on a popup to right field. Robinson Cano then grounded into a double play.

Jenks had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings since returning from the DL. He struck out four with one walk.

“With Bobby, he really has stayed in his delivery,’’ Francona said. “I think you can tell he’s a little more comfortable because he’s not reaching back and grunting. He’s throwing all his pitches and he’s pitching.’’

MRI for Lowrie?
Shortstop Jed Lowrie hopes to get an MRI on his sore left shoulder today to find out what exactly is wrong with it.

Lowrie was injured in a collision with teammates Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury chasing a popup in Detroit May 29. He was out of the lineup last night.

Francona hopes the time off will help “kick-start’’ the healing process.

“My shoulder started to feel better. I started feeling it in my back a little more. My back was there from the beginning, the shoulder started feeling better then everything sort of plateaued. No better, no worse,’’ Lowrie said. “I’m not overly concerned, but at the same time it hasn’t gotten any better.

“Hopefully another day and we’ll figure out what’s going on.’’

Lowrie is 4 for 21 since the injury.

An MRI “benefits everybody,’’ according to Lowrie. “There’s no reason not to do it, just for everybody’s peace of mind.’’

Lowrie’s physical issues coincide with the return of Marco Scutaro from the disabled list. He was 5 for 11 in a three-game rehabilitation assignment with Pawtucket.

Last night was his first game since May 7. Scutaro was out with a strained muscle on the left side of his rib cage.

“It feels good. The trainer was pretty much telling me to be careful,’’ said Scutaro, who singled in four at-bats. “After I played the first game [for Pawtucket] and didn’t feel anything, I was pretty happy.’’

Even up
The Red Sox and Yankees are 87-87 over the last 10 seasons. In the last 98 games, the Sox have scored 540 runs and the Yankees 541 . . . David Ortiz is 12 of 35 with seven extra-base hits and seven RBIs in his last seven games . . . The Sox, who have won four straight, have taken 9 of 13 overall . . . The Sox are the first visiting team to win four straight games at the new Yankee Stadium.

Leading man
Ellsbury’s leadoff home run was his first since Sept. 26, 2008 at Fenway Park off current teammate Alfredo Aceves. The Sox had not had a leadoff home run since Oct. 3, 2009 when Dustin Pedroia hit one against Cleveland . . . Derek Jeter had two hits for the Yankees and is 12 away from becoming the 28th player in history with 3,000 . . . Dan Wheeler did not pitch last night but has thrown 5 2/3 scoreless innings over five appearances since coming off the disabled list. That dropped his earned run average from a ghastly 11.22 to 7.31. He had been out with a strained calf. “He’s been a bit better,’’ Francona said. “We need him, too.’’

Atchison optioned
With Scutaro back, righthanded reliever Scott Atchison was optioned to Pawtucket . . . Scutaro on Kevin Millwood, who allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings for Pawtucket Monday: “To me, he looked good enough for the majors. I know he was happy with it.’’ . . . Ortiz (1,160,590) has passed the Rangers’ Michael Young (1,033,514) at DH in the latest round of All-Star voting. And Adrian Gonzalez (1,268,706) is drawing closer to Mark Teixeira (1,333,445) at first base.

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