Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Manager Ozzie Guillen responded to former closer Bobby Jenks, who took a jab at Guillen’s son Oney and said he grew tired of the friction between Guillen and general manager Ken Williams last season.
‘‘Please, someone who knows [Jenks], please [warn him not to] talk about Oney,’’ Guillen said Saturday. ‘‘It’s going to be ugly. I talked to my wife about it, to make sure to tell Oney to let it go.
‘‘If Oney said everything he knows about Bobby Jenks, it wouldn’t be a pretty thing.’’
Guillen said Sox management and players don’t miss Jenks, who signed with the Red Sox in the offseason.
‘‘We lied for him; we protected him,’’ Guillen said.
‘‘I’m the first manager in the history of baseball to give a guy a week off to take care of his kids when his father-in-law was sick.’’
Eager to pitch
Jake Peavy is getting through the early dog days of spring training. Now he’s counting down the days toward his first game action, a start against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday in Tempe.
Peavy threw long toss Saturday after throwing 40 pitches off the mound against live hitters Monday and Wednesday.
‘‘That was the plan, to stretch it out and get some arm strength,’’ Peavy said after working out. ‘‘Long toss is better than getting on a mound at this point.’’
Peavy, recovering from surgery to reattach a torn lat muscle below his right shoulder, is eager for his first game action since July 6.
‘‘We’re past the grueling part,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘Eight consecutive days and throwing every other day is grueling.
‘‘Throwing 40 pitches and down and 40 pitches the following day is tough. But we’re past that with flying colors. I feel healthy. There are no limitations on anything I’m doing, which is always a good sign.’’