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Bobby Jenks “making progress” in treatment for pulmonary embolism

Oct 29, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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The last we heard from Bobby Jenks in mid-September, he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, a condition which involves a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung.

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday that Jenks is “making progress” in his treatments. While the condition wasn’t considered career-threatening, Jenks was put on blood thinners after the diagnosis, delaying surgery to address a back injury which kept him sidelined for most of the season.

The current plan calls for Jenks to be reevaluated in December. The 30-year-old right-hander could be cleared for back surgery if all goes well, but his status for the early part of 2012 remains in doubt.

Jenks, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Red Sox last December, posted a 6.32 ERA and 17/13 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings this season.

  1. Brian Donohue - Oct 29, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Like I said when this was first reported: never mind “career threatening” — this man is lucky to be waking up mornings in this dimensional realm. That is, he could easily be what we like to call…dead. Whether or not he’ll be able to throw a baseball again should be among the last things on his mind right now. Time will come to think about that crap; but this holiday season this young man should simply be grateful that he’s here with the rest of us. The perspective he gains now on life, death, and the nano-instant of fortune that separates them may well make him a remarkably stable and poised force on the bump someday…but for now, he needs to dwell in that perspective and not let it go till he’s learned all he can from it. Then he can concern himself with career and money and all the other shit we worry ourselves sick about these days…

    • natstowngreg - Oct 29, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      Well said. Glad he’s getting better.

    • cur68 - Oct 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      Yep.

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