Phillies scouting Jenks, Putz
CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Phillies are among a couple of teams looking at the Chicago White Sox and trying to project which players will be available if the the White Sox don't get back into the American League Central race over the next few weeks. One top Philadelphia scout was looking at the White Sox this week, concentrating on closer Bobby Jenks.
The Phillies' main concern is the back end of their bullpen where closer Brad Lidge has had numerous injury problems over the past couple of seasons. Jenks has had two of his best outings recently.
"The last two outings he has thrown the ball very well," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The ball is coming out of Bobby's hand a lot better. I don't think he's throwing 97 mph. The scoreboard said 97. I don't think 97, but he is throwing the ball much better. He's healthy now. His calf isn't bothering him."
Jenks had a chronic problem with his left calf from last August to early April.
The Phillies also are interested in reliever J.J. Putz, who had extensive experience as a setup man and closer and would fit nicely into the Phillies' bullpen mix.
Putz is also appealing because his commitment is only one year at $3 million.
The White Sox have said that they are not ready to make any trades, they will likely listen if their 25-man roster continues to struggle.
Following a team meeting on Wednesday, general manager Kenny Williams said he wasn't giving up on the White Sox yet.
"I told the guys who have been mentioned in trade rumors, all you have to do is ask me," Williams said on Wednesday. "I told them straight out that I have been called on a couple of guys, and I told the other team that we are usually the ones that make these calls. They have been told thank you, but no thank you and that's the end of it."
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.