Cherington: First Jenks procedure botched


Cherington: First Jenks procedure botched

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last week, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said reliever Bobby Jenks had experienced an "horrendous off-season health-wise.''

Valentine wasn't kidding.

Jenks spoke to reporters Thursday morning and recounted his medical ordeal in which he was forced to undergo two surgeries on his back after the first one resulted in some incisions being made into his spinal column, causing a potentially fatal leakage of spinal fluid.

The first surgery, on Dec. 12, took place at Massachusetts General Hospital under the auspices of the Red Sox, was apparently botched. He underwent a second, emergency surgery four weeks later in Scottsdale, Az.

"He had a difficult off-season,'' said GM Ben Cherington of Jenks. "He's frustrated by where he is, physically and he is making progress. We're going to do whatever we can to help him get back to pitching and we remain hopeful that he can help us this year. It was a difficult ordeal for him, last season and over the off-season.

"We were very aware (of the problem after the first procedure). He appeared to be recovering and then had increased symptoms and was in touch with our medical staff. That's why we had him seen again in Phoenix and it was determined that he needed a second procedure. The second procedure seems to have solved the issue and now he's in recovery.''

Cherington said he didn't have enough expertise to comment about "exactly what happened" with the first surgery.

"All I know is that the second procedure needed to happen,'' he said. "That's unfortunate with any player that requires a surgery. You don't want to have to go back in and do anything a second time that soon thereafter. But I can't speak to the specifics of what happened in the first procedure. It's not my area.''

Cherington said the problem with Jenks's back was not a factor in his decision to overhaul the team's medical staff.

"The changes we made in the medical staff were in motion well before his (first) surgery and then subsequent surgery,'' he said. "So they weren't related to each other.''

The general manager said the team "looked back to find out as much as we could . . . We can understand Bobby's frustration. All we can do now is help him move forward and hopefully help the team.''

Cherington said there was no timetable for Jenks to resume baseball activities, with the emphasis on him becoming asymptomatic and regaining full range of motion.

He said "there was more than one doctor involved,'' in the first procedure and that the club would release additional information later Thursday.

Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)


Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

LANDOVER, Md. - Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time. Click here to read more. 


Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

That Celtics win streak was dope. Let’s map out an even longer one that probably won’t happen. 

Nobody’s actually expecting them to keep the pace they’ve established with their recently concluded run. Still, with 63 games remaining, there’s still time for the Celtics to have up to three win streaks of even longer than 16 games. So, because it’s the holidays and the holidays are all about positivity (fun move you’ve probably picked up from movies: You can say “the holidays are all about _____” and just put in whatever you want and it will work), let’s map out the next win streak. 


A big part of the Celtics’ 16-gamer (and get ready to say “duh”) is that they were better than a lot of the teams they beat. But they also beat one team that was without question better than them and beat a few teams that could certainly beat them on any given night. 

Here’s a rough breakdown of the 16 games: 

- Even if they didn’t go as smoothly as anticipated, nine games were against what could be classified as easy prey based on their rosters and how those teams were playing: The 76ers, the Knicks, the Kings, the Hawks twice, the Lakers, the Hornets, the Nets and the Mavericks. 

- Let’s say that the Heat (whom they played and beat during the streak before Miami snapped the streak Wednesday) and Magic weren’t perceived pushovers, but rather unremarkable opponents. 

- Four games were against what one could call worthy opponents for the Celtics: the Bucks, the Spurs (though they were missing Kawhi Leonard), the Thunder and the Raptors. 

- Nobody was ever pretending the Celtics were actually better than the Warriors. 

So that breaks the 16 games into one game against an unequivocally superior opponent, four against worthy opponents, two against unremarkable teams, and nine joke books. 

Of course, there are several variables that can be thrown into that, such as the fact that the C’s beat one of the aforementioned good teams (Toronto) without Kyrie Irving and nearly lost to two of those trash teams (Charlotte and Dallas). You can’t predict injuries just like you shouldn’t predict win streaks, but let’s take all the information we have and try to find the next one:


Friday vs. Magic (trash; probable win)

Saturday at Pacers (unremarkable; potential loss)

A back-to-back after a holiday with the second game on the road against a team that’s been way better than expected? I don’t like the sound of it. 

Nov. 27 vs. Pistons (worthy opponent; potential loss)

Are they overrated? Maybe, but Pistons currently hold the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Whether it’s the Pacers or the Pistons, I think this short stretch prevents a speed bump. The streak might have to wait. 


Nov. 30 against Sixers (upgraded to unremarkable based on recent play; still win)

Remember: The last streak started against the Sixers. Hopefully, Kyrie pays that fans’ way to Boston for a halftime reunion. 

Dec. 2 vs. Suns (trash; win)

Dec. 4 vs. Bucks (worthy opponent; win)

Celtics aren’t losing to those sons of guns twice at home. 

Dec. 6 vs. Dallas (trash; win)

Can you get revenge on a team for almost beating you? Yes. The Celtics will. 

Dec. 8 at Spurs (worthy opponent; win)

Until I see Kawhi on the court, this one is a win. 

Dec. 10 at Detroit (worthy opponent; win)

The Pistons play the Spurs, Bucks and Warriors the three previous games. They’ll be all tuckered out. 

Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 (mix of unremarkable and trash opponents; seven wins)

Dec. 25 vs. Wizards (worthy opponent; win)

Terry Rozier becomes a household name with a Christmas performance for the ages. 

Dec. 27 at Charlotte (trash; win) 

Dec. 28 vs. Houston (worthy opponent; win) 

Dec. 31 vs. Brooklyn (trash; loss)

The Celtics are 0-1 the days prior to holidays this season. The streak ends at 18. 


We'll assess it then, but for now, let's say undefeated (including playoffs).