Good thing the White Sox have options.
Prior to Sunday's series finale with the Cubs, the South Siders announced that closer Bobby Jenks was placed on the Major League Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List, with the right-hander away from the team because of a family medical emergency with his wife since Friday.
When Jenks is expected back? According to manager Ozzie Guillen, the pitcher should take however long he needs.
"We have guys that have closed games,'' Guillen said. "J.J. [Putz] did it before, [Tony] Pena closed a game for us before, and [Matt] Thornton is one of the best pitchers in the game out of the bullpen. I don't worry about that, but there's no doubt, when Bobby is here, our bullpen is a lot better because everything fits in a better spot. In the meanwhile, we know it's family first and we got people out there.''
Guillen said that he spoke to Jenks, as did general manager Ken Williams, and while he could be back during the Kansas City series, "It's not a big deal, but I told him make sure he takes care of his family and his wife,'' said Guillen.
In his absence, the Sox purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Erick Threets from Class AAA Charlotte. They wanted another left-hander because Thornton now moves to the closer role, which would leave only Randy Williams as a lefty specialist in the later innings.
The 28-year-old Threets was 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA and two saves in 14 relief appearances with the Knights this season.
"It's still kind of in the I don't know stages,'' Threets said of his opportunity. "I'm up here to help out for a little bit, and whatever happens, happens. I'm just happy to be in consideration to fill in.''
So now that the Sox are back in the Central Division race and are now potential buyers, it was only obvious that Guillen was asked what he would like added to his roster.
"Nothing,'' Guillen said. "When I talked to Kenny earlier in the Winter Meetings and earlier in White Sox fest, I always liked this ballclub. I don't know why, but I did. I like the ballclub sometimes, and I don't like the players. I like what we have. When we was bad I looked at the lineup, and I showed the beat writers the lineups. We don't need anything. I hope we just continue to play [well].''