FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager Terry Francona took action today to end the feud between reliever Bobby Jenks and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
Francona told Jenks to stop exchanging words with Guillen. At the same time, he sent word to Guillen seeking to quell the controversy before it escalated even further.
“That’s over,” Francona said. “Spoke to Bobby. Went back and forth with Ozzie, not speaking, but just messages. I’m confident that will be over. I don’t care if they like each other. But Bobby’s a Red Sox and you need to move on. I think he understands that.”
Francona did not speak to Guillen directly, he said. White Sox third base coach Joey Cora was the intermediary.
“Just making sure it goes away. It doesn’t need to happen,” Francona said. “He played for the White Sox, now he plays for the Red Sox.”
In a brief interview with reporters, Jenks said he was through discussing his issues with the White Sox.
“It is what it is,” Jenks said. “At this point, I’m tired of it. I just want to move on. I’m a Red Sox now, and that’s all I want to worry about. From this point on, I have nothing else to say. It is what it is. He’s going to have his say. Whatever. I’m a Red Sox, and that’s all that matters.”
Jenks and the White Sox have been at odds for several months. Jenks criticized Guillen’s handling of the bullpen, which led to a vulgar Twitter attack from Oney Guillen, the manager’s son.
When Jenks made another comment a few days ago, Guillen responded by threatening him. That’s when Francona stepped in. Jenks appeared to get his message.
“Hopefully, from this point on, this should be the end of it. I’m sure, later in the season, once we come closer to seeing Chicago, I’m sure some questions will come up again. But I’m just going to let it be,” Jenks said.
In other news:
• Newly arrived LHP Dennys Reyes threw a 32-pitch bullpen session today and will face hitters in BP on Tuesday. “Felt great,” Reyes said. “I’m ready to get going now.”
Francona didn’t watch the session. But he got a positive report from pitching coach Curt Young.
“Curt was ecstatic,” Francona said. “He was really pleased with how game-ready he looks. … He had no qualms with letting him face hitters on Tuesday.”
• Carl Crawford was back in camp after attending to a personal matter in Houston on Saturday. He will make his spring debut tomorrow, as will J.D. Drew.