Following his December 12 back surgery, Bobby Jenks encountered some complications that proved to be nearly life-threatening.
Jenks had surgery to remove bone spurs in his back on Dec. 12 at Massachusetts General Hospital and was back home in Phoenix a few weeks later when he noticed the incision in the middle of his back was leaking some kind of fluid.
The Red Sox pitcher bandaged it up himself and first thought nothing of it. But the problem didn't subside, so he visited a doctor and was rushed into emergency surgery on Dec. 30 to repair "a mistake" that Jenks said could have been a life-threatening situation.
"It was pretty serious," he recalled Thursday at training camp.
Jenks also was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism last September, and because of that issue he had to wait until December to undergo back surgery. Leading up to the surgery, he was working out and trying to get as physically strong as he could so his body could handle the procedure.
As much as we all expressed our dislike for Jenks and his contract, you have to feel for him. I can't imagine thinking the surgery is going to be fairly routine then experiencing complications that could end your life.
As far as him pitching again, it will be months before we see that.