Jenks pulled in ninth inning with back spasms

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The White Sox avoided a fairly major injury scare Thursday night in Chicago.

Ninth-inning man Bobby Jenks was accompanied off the mound in the ninth inning after feeling some pain and discomfort in his back.  Not to worry, though, because he was later diagnosed with back spams, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, and is likely to be listed as “day-to-day” when it’s all said and done.  The big man faced only three batters Thursday, retiring one, allowing a Denard Span single, and walking Orlando Hudson just before being removed.

If he’s deemed unavailable this weekend, quality setup men J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton could see save chances.

Jenks has posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and a 51/17 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings this season as the White Sox’s closer.  He’s converted 23-of-26 save opportunities.

Athletics release Santiago Casilla

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have released reliever Santiago Casilla. The club had designated him for assignment on Saturday.

Casilla, 37, posted a 3.16 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 20 walks in 31 1/3 innings of relief for the A’s in the first half. The ERA is certainly not bad, but the strikeout and walk rates are subpar and point to a pitcher who won’t be successful going forward without changing. Additionally, Casilla’s fastball velocity, at 92.9 MPH on average, is the lowest of his career.

Casilla is owed the remainder of his $5.5 million salary for the 2018 season. If he should sign elsewhere, the A’s would be on the hook for the remainder minus the prorated major league minimum salary.