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Bobby Jenks | Relief Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/14/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 275
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 5 (0) / LAA

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Currently recovering from a third back surgery, Bobby Jenks hasn't given up hope of continuing his baseball career.
Jenks had spinal fusion surgery on October 8, which involved the insertion of two plates and six screws. The recovery period for the procedure ranges from six months to a year. In addition to the three back surgeries, Jenks also became addicted to pain medication, though he says he's been sober for almost 18 months. The soon-to-be 33-year-old Jenks hasn't pitched since July of 2011, but he's not ready to call it a career. "Mentally, I'm still 100 percent in the game," said Jenks. "Even if [a return] is only for a year or two, knowing I got through everything and conquered this part of my life and finish how I want to finish ... ." Mon, Jan 13, 2014 07:34:00 PM

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Red Sox released RHP Bobby Jenks.

Jenks appeared in only 19 games for the Red Sox after signing a two-year, $12 million free agent contract before the start of the 2011 campaign. He underwent dual back surgeries last season and was arrested in spring training this year for inflicting property damage while driving under the influence. He also fled the scene.
Tue, Jul 3, 2012 04:40:00 PM

According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are negotiating with reliever Bobby Jenks "on a contract settlement that will end his association with the team."

The Red Sox gave Jenks a two-year, $12 million deal before the start of the 2011 season. He's appeared in only 19 games for Boston and none since last July due to dual back surgeries. Oh, and he got arrested for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage at spring training this year.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 08:37:00 AM

Bobby Jenks posted bail Friday after being arrested on five charges, four of which that were related to driving under the influence.

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Jenks was charged with one count of driving under the influence, three counts of driving under the influence and damage to property and one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property. The big right-hander dealt with lots of off-the-field issues during his minor league days but had been relatively well behaved since making to the majors. He was already slated to miss the first half of the season after undergoing two back surgeries.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 11:02:00 AM

Bobby Jenks had emergency surgery on December 30 because of complications related to an earlier spinal procedure.

Once Jenks was recovered from a pulmonary embolism in his lung, he underwent his first spinal surgery on December 12. However, he required a second emergency surgery due to complications with the first procedure. "I don't know whose fault it was. But there was an error done inside," said Jenks. "I had four bone spurs on my spine. We talked about taking the top two out. The third one was started and not finished. So basically there was a serrated edge that sliced me open in two different spots and I was leaking spinal fluid." Jenks was suffering from intense migraine headaches, so there were concerns that the infection could spread to his brain. The 30-year-old is currently considering legal action. The Red Sox placed Jenks on the 60-day disabled list earlier this week and he's unlikely to return until the second half of the season.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 10:31:00 AM

Red Sox placed RHP Bobby Jenks on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

Yet another negative sign for Jenks, who had two back surgeries this winter and seems likely to miss nearly the entire first half of the 2012 regular season. Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine called the right-hander a "real back-burner" guy on Monday at spring training.
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 11:45:00 AM

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that Bobby Jenks is a "long way away" from throwing.

Jenks underwent two back surgeries this offseason after posting a wretched 6.32 ERA across 19 relief appearances in 2011. Valentine called Jenks "a real back burner guy" on Monday and said it's doubtful that the right-hander will appear in a Grapefruit League game this spring. If that's the case, Jenks almost certainly won't be ready for major league action before May.
Mon, Feb 20, 2012 03:57:00 PM

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Bobby Jenks showed up to camp "much slimmer."

Jenks is trying to bounce back from a 2011 season that saw him post an ugly 6.32 ERA in 19 relief appearances. A better-toned physique should only help his cause, though he's likely to miss the start of the regular season due to dual offseason back surgeries.
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 10:45:00 AM

After undergoing a spinal decompression procedure on December 12, Bobby Jenks recently needed another procedure to remove bone fragments from his back.

It's been a challenging year for the veteran reliever. He is unlikely to be available for the start of spring training, as recovery time usually takes about eight weeks.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 06:14:00 AM

Bobby Jenks underwent minor back surgery Monday.

The surgery was delayed while Jenks was receiving treatment for a pulmonary embolism. It's not known whether he'll be ready for the start of the 2012 season, but we'll likely have a better idea once he arrives to spring training. The 30-year-old right-hander was limited to just 15 2/3 innings this past season after signing a two-year, $12 million contract.
Mon, Dec 12, 2011 05:25:00 PM

Bobby Jenks is scheduled to undergo back surgery next week.

He likely would have had the surgery sooner, but Jenks was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism and the Red Sox wanted to make sure he had that under control before his back was operated on. It's unclear at this point whether Jenks will be ready for the start of next season, but we should have a better handle on things in spring training.
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 08:08:00 PM

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Bobby Jenks is "making progress" in his treatments for pulmonary embolism, a condition which involves a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung.

The current schedule calls for Jenks to be reevaluated in December where he could be cleared for back surgery if everything goes as planned. The 30-year-old was limited to 15 2/3 innings this season after signing a two-year, $12 million contract with the Red Sox. His status for the beginning of 2012 remains in doubt.
Sat, Oct 29, 2011 03:55:00 PM

Because he was recently diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, no date has been set for Bobby Jenks' back surgery.

The good news is that Jenks said the recovery from surgery would be "weeks, not months." Even better news is that the pulmonary embolism was caught early enough that it's not an issue. Jenks should have a relatively normal offseason following an injury-plagued first year in Boston.
Sat, Sep 17, 2011 01:52:00 PM

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Bobby Jenks was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.

The condition involves the sudden blockage of an artery in the lung. Francona said Jenks is "doing great," so it doesn't appear to be a long-term concern. The high-priced reliever was recently shut down for the season and is soon expected to undergo back surgery.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 04:23:00 PM

Bobby Jenks is expected to need back surgery.

Jenks has dealt with back issues for the better part of the season and will not return to pitch this year. It's not clear how long the rehab from surgery would take him. He posted a 6.32 ERA and 2.23 WHIP this season in 19 relief appearances.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 09:24:00 AM

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