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Bobby Jenks was in rehab when the Red Sox cut ties with him last season

Mar 30, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

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Evan Drellich of MassLive.com reports that when the Red Sox and Bobby Jenks went their separate ways last July, the veteran reliever was in the middle of a 45-day stay at a luxury rehab clinic in Malibu, California.

Jenks was admitted to the clinic on June 7,  nearly 10 weeks after he was arrested and charged with a DUI in Fort Myers, Florida. In the incident report, Jenks claimed that he “took too many muscle relaxers.”

The Red Sox reached a contract settlement with Jenks before releasing him on July 3. He then left the clinic two weeks later.

The DUI charge was settled in December after Jenks pleaded no contest to reckless driving and hitting a parked car. He was required to complete a rehab program as part of his probation.

Jenks signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Red Sox in December of 2010, but he ended up making only 19 appearances with the club. The 32-year-old didn’t pitch at all last season following multiple back surgeries and a pulmonary embolism in his lung. He is currently unsigned.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Another quality signing by Theo.

  2. pisano - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I’ll bet he was Lackey’s roommate at the rehab, those two give alcohol a bad rap.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I hope Bobby gets his life together and gets healthy. He has a young family that needs their daddy. Deep down he’s a good person. He need someone to believe in him. I do.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      You got thumbs down for being human and caring about Bobby Jenks. So goes the internet. Nice sentiment, I’m with you, I hope he gets well and stays well and gets it together for his life and for his family. Screw baseball – we’re talking about life here.

  4. Detroit Michael - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    This is sad. Jenks had alcohol-related incidents back when he was a minor league prospect. It sounds like a demon he can’t escape instead of a temporarily lapse in judgment.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Hasn’t escaped. Hopefully he finds the strength.

  5. bilbo1000 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Did he give back a big chunk of money after not being able to pitch? If not, he’s a thief.

    • ptfu - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      You would know about thievery. That was Gollum’s ring. You had no right to it.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      But thatssss not how hisss contract issss written. I betss that nasssty little hobbit wouldn’t give back hissss contractually obligated ssssalary.

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