That perception of conditioning being used by the Sox to explain his 2009 difficulties was mentioned again by Jenks to the Sun-Times over this past weekend. But if the 28-year-old White Sox closer was looking for a diplomatic response from general manager Ken Williams, he needs to prepare for quite the opposite.
“If he’s upset that it’s continuously brought up, then he should work on it and get it to where it’s not an issue,” said Williams, speaking about the Jenks’ conditioning prior to the hurler’s last round of comments but following the closer’s October remarks. “It is an issue. I’ve told him this directly to his face,” said Williams, without hesitation. “If he’s going to have an extended career of effectiveness at a high level, like he certainly is capable of doing, then he has to take better care of himself.”
… When asked if this conditioning question could have played a role in Jenks’ slight struggles, Williams once again held little back. “Well, I don’t know,” Williams said. “It comes into question when you are not in the best shape you can be in, now doesn’t it?” If [Jenks] doesn’t like that, I don’t really care if he doesn’t like that. It’s the truth. “I’ve seen it time and time again. We would not be in his corner and we would not be real friends, real people of support, if we didn’t give him the information.”