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Notes: Jenks opens up

Notes: Jenks opens up

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CHICAGO -- Entering Monday night's game against Kansas City, White Sox closer Bobby Jenks had retired a Major League record-tying 41 consecutive hitters. He could not make it 42.

Joey Gathright slapped an opposite-field single to lead off the ninth inning to keep him from passing Jim Barr, who set the mark with San Francisco in 1972, for sole possession of the record.

On Tuesday, Jenks had some time to reflect on what he had accomplished and how close he had been to history.

"[I've replayed that moment] a lot so far," Jenks said. "I saw it all last night and in my head. I couldn't sleep for a little while. But today's a new day and we have to go win a ballgame."

After weeks of refusing to talk to about the streak, Jenks was able to return to his normal routine on Tuesday. Despite his press embargo, he said he was not too superstitious in his daily activities.

"I wasn't talking about it with anybody," Jenks said. "Last night and today I was calling everybody back, because I wasn't answering my phone. Other than that, I left the same time every day, at home and on the road. I didn't eat the same things every day or anything like that. I wasn't that bad."

The stretch, which dated back to July 17, was just the latest of many accomplishments that many players wait their entire careers for. Jenks became the first rookie to earn a save in a clinching World Series in 2005 and has also made an All-Star appearance in each of the last two seasons.

"It might be the only time that it happens in my whole career," Jenks said. "It happening now, it is real special for me. I've had an unbelievable couple of years and to have this done so early is kind of weird. Everything has happened all at once. It is almost like, what's next? What can I do now for next year?"

Shaking the injury bug: Every team goes through key injuries over a 162-game schedule. But, in 2007, it has seemed particularly dangerous to put on a White Sox uniform.

As the season winds to a close, the South Siders finally got some good news on the injury front, with three key players, Luis Terrero, Pablo Ozuna and Joe Crede, moving closer towards returning.

Terrero, who has been out since July 24 with a strained left groin, is the closest to rejoining the club. Tuesday was the best day so far for the reserve outfielder, who is hoping to head out to a rehab assignment within the next week.

Barring any setbacks, Terrero should return to the Major League roster by early September.

Ozuna has been on the disabled list since May 28 with a fractured right fibula, but has continued to progress nicely. The utility player had his first outdoor workout on Tuesday, taking slow ground balls and working to improve his range of motion.

Running is still a concern for Ozuna and it is still up in air whether he will be able to return in 2007.

Crede is still the furthest from rejoining the White Sox after having back surgery on June 12. He is home in Missouri continuing his rehab program and hopes to begin Phase II of the plan, which includes more aggressive and extensive workouts, in early September.

Back again: Andy Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Sunday's game to make room for new acquisition Mike Myers. It did not take long for Gonzalez to get the call back to the big leagues.

Gonzalez was recalled prior to Tuesday's game, to take the place of Alex Cintron, who was placed on the bereavement list.

Gonzalez is hitting .223 with two home runs in 41 games with the White Sox this season.

It is the third time this season that Cintron has been placed on the Bereavement List.

Down on the farm Southern League strikeout leader Gio Gonzalez took a loss on Monday for Double-A Birmingham, throwing five innings while giving up two runs and striking out four, in a 4-3 defeat to Montgomery. Ricardo Nanita had a pair of hits in a losing effort. ... Brandon Allen tripled and drove in a run to help Class A Kannapolis to a 2-1 victory at Savannah. Allen is tied for second in the league with 54 extra-base hits with his teammates Chris Carter and John Shelby. Shelby went 0-for-5, snapping a 22-game hitting streak. ... First-round Draft pick Aaron Poreda won his second game of the season for Advanced Rookie Great Falls in a 4-0 victory at Casper. The first-year pro out of the University of San Francisco is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his last four starts. Salvador Sanchez was named the Pioneer League Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 13-19.

Coming up: The White Sox have a rare midweek day game on Wednesday for the series finale against the Royals. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. CT, as Jose Contreras (6-15, 6.18) will square off against Brian Bannister (9-7, 3.31).

Alex Gyr is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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