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Bobby Jenks diagnosed with pulmonary embolism

Sep 13, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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In the midst of having his injured back reexamined, right-hander Bobby Jenks was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (an arterial blockage in the lung), the Red Sox announced Tuesday.

Jenks was already expected to have season-ending back surgery.  That figures to be delayed because of the embolism treatment, which will probably involve blood thinners.  Manager Terry Francona said that he’s “doing great,” but that he’s to avoid physical activity for now.

In the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract, Jenks had a 6.32 ERA in 15 2/3 innings for Boston before going on the DL on July 8.  The embolism doesn’t figure to be career threatening, but if it delays his back surgery long enough, it may put his status for the beginning of 2012 in doubt.

  1. jackkoho - Sep 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition, that may even be life threatening. Bobby’s back surgery is certain to be delayed, no one is going to cut into him when he’s on blood thinners. Good luck on your recovery bobby, sorry to hear about it.

  2. dailyrev - Sep 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    I think one Robert Jenks needs to set up a pilgrimage of thanks to Rome, Mecca, Dharamsala, or wherever his personal faith would take him. An undetected PE is very often inconvenient (as in fatal).

    BTW: one thing among others that Jenks can be grateful for is free medical care, the kind of care that every citizen of a free nation deserves (yeah, socialized medicine). This is a perfect example of how early detection saves mega-money (not to mention life) — an untreated PE can kill, disable, and lead to massively long, expensive treatment just to manage.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 13, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      It’s not “free” healthcare.

      He receives it as a function of his profession, where physical health is highly-valued.

      Anyone who watches the Red Sox on TV to contribute their ratings, or goes to a game, helps to chip in for his healthcare.

  3. rickditka - Sep 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    I don’t think Bob Jenks is going to be with us for much longer.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      That’s a helluva thing to say.

    • guitarken - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      He won’t die – but it’s very serious.

  4. guitarken - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    I just had major surgery for pulmonary embolisms, and I can tell you that I am VERY lucky to be alive. If the blood thinners do not work the next thing is major, major surgery. He would probably miss a year, as they must break your sternum in half, like open-heart surgery. There’s virtually no way he could pitch for AT LEAST a number of months, and he would be in serious pain if he did. Hope the thinners work for his sake.

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