Red Sox Release Right-Handed Pitcher Bobby Jenks

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today announced that they have reached a contract termination settlement with right-handed pitcher Bobby Jenks and have placed him on unconditional release waivers.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.

Jenks, 31, has spent the 2012 season on the 60-day disabled list recovering from back surgery that he underwent on December 30.  He was limited to 19 appearances with Boston, all in 2011, after signing a two-year contract with the club as a free agent on December 21, 2010.  The right-hander, who suffered three separate stints on the disabled list last year, went 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA (11 ER/15.2 IP) and 17 strikeouts in his time with the Red Sox.  A two-time All-Star, he has posted a 3.53 ERA (140 ER/357.1 IP) and 173 saves while going 16-20 in 348 career Major League appearances over parts of seven seasons with the White Sox (2005-10) and Red Sox (2011).