ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox have placed Bobby Jenks on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his back, and called up lefty reliever Randy Williams. The team also designated lefty pitcher Tommy Hottovy for assignment to make room for Williams on the 40-man roster.
The discomfort Jenks felt while warming up Friday night was in the same area as he had felt earlier this season, an issue which put him on the DL and was caused by what he described as a strain to his intercostal muscles. The reliever, who is 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 19 games, pitched four times since coming off the disabled list, having last made an appearance on July 7.
The 35-year-old Williams was 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 19 games with Pawtucket, striking out 26 and walking 11 in 21 innings. He spent two stints on disabled list this season with shoulder problems, but had been recently clocked in the mid-90's according to Sox manager Terry Francona. He last pitched Friday night, striking out three and not allowing a hit or run in 1 1/3 innings. The lefty had been allowing left-handed hitters just a .136 batting average.
Williams has pitched in 90 major league games, having appeared in a 52 contests for the White Sox over the past two seasons.
Hottovy pitched in eight games with the Red Sox, giving up three runs over four innings, with lefty hitters going a combined 2-for-7 against him.
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