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Losing Some Velocity

Angel prospect Jenks has a blazing fastball, but off-the-field problems earn him a demotion

June 28, 2002|BEN BOLCH | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"If I wouldn't have known the history, I wouldn't have known anything [was wrong] because he's not only been a good player but he's been a good teammate."

Said Jenks: "I don't regret what happened. But it has changed my work ethic. I think I need to be able to start doing a little bit better. Looking at it that way, it's helped me."

Jenks said he derives most of his support from his wife, Adele, who he met at a drive-in hamburger restaurant and married at age 20. The couple have a 5-month-old daughter, Cuma, and were hoping to celebrate their first wedding anniversary tonight. Jenks said there is plenty to celebrate, even though he hasn't yet reached the heights some were expecting.

"It doesn't disappoint me that I'm not in triple-A right now," he said. "I'm going to get there sooner or later, maybe even this year. I just want to pitch well this season and get myself out of the rut I dug myself and get back all the trust that I [lost] from the people in the organization. As soon as I do that, I'll be all right."

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