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Jenks says 'Next,' Ozzie on Ron Washington

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bobby-jenks-pink-goatee.jpgGLENDALE, Ariz. - Both Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz threw simulated games on Wednesday, but with just over two weeks left before camp breaks, only one had a sense of humor about it.
Jenks, who has been under a microscope throughout the offseason, was asked if members of the staff had been watching his velocity, as well as his location in the session, and fired back a "Next.''
"I'm done with the velocity thing,'' Jenks insisted. "That's every year. Next.''
What Jenks would talk about was the fact that come Opening Day against the Indians on April 5, he would be ready to close games out.
"As long as I'm healthy and mechanically fine, I'll be good to go,'' Jenks said.
As far as Putz, he put his "where are you preperation-wise'' percentage at 89.4, and said that he had accomplished his goal during the simulate game. Asked what that goal was the righty said, "Get through it.''
"It was probably a good time in the spring for it, get your mechanics ironed out and have [pitching coach Don Cooper] Coop stand right there and say, 'Give me a couple of these and let's try and go off of this with this.' '' Putz said. "I thought it went well.''
Like Jenks, Putz didn't see any reason why he wouldn't be ready when the games start counting.
"By the end of spring I think I'll be where I'll need to be,'' Putz said.

Guillen on Washington

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was sad to hear the news about Texas skipper Ron Washington failing a drug test for cocaine, but said he needed to be supported.
"We're not invisible,'' Guillen said. "It's one of those things that makes you shake your head and say, 'It can happen to anyone.' One thing about it, it ain't going to happen to me, I guarantee you that. I grew up in some bad stuff, I know how that stuff is so bad. I support him. He made a mistake. I'm not saying he did the right thing, but in the meanwhile, we can't turn our back against him.''
As far as the message it sends to fans, Guillen said, "They know Major League Baseball isn't playing around. They're serious about it. As long as they don't check for Vodka and Corona I'll be fine.''

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