Jenks: 'Obviously my winter didnt go very well'


Jenks: 'Obviously my winter didnt go very well'

FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox right-hander Bobby Jenks is in camp, looking several pounds leaner. While the weight loss a lot, enough, he said without giving a number was planned, the two surgeries he had on his back this offseason were not.

Jenks, who is entering the final year of a two-year, 12 million contract, appeared in just 19 games, spanning just 15 23 innings last season, posting a record of 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA. He was limited by a variety of ailments, including a pulmonary embolism, left back tightness, and right biceps strain.

The plan was for Jenks to have surgery on his back in the offseason, but he had to wait for the embolism to dissolve on its own.

Jenks, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list earlier this week to make room for right-hander Chris Carpenter, had the surgery on his back at Massachusetts General Hospital on Dec. 12. But serious complications from that procedure led to an emergency follow-up surgery in Scottsdale, Ariz., near his home.

Obviously my winter didnt go very well, Jenks said. I got here a few days early, just tried to get in as much as I can before. Im starting the season on the DL so I got plenty of time to get myself as right as I can."

With the whole blood clot issue last year I couldnt have the surgery until December. So all the way up until that point I was basically just doing nothing but cardio and just trying to get myself as strong as possible going into the surgery. I had the surgery on the 12thof December. It didnt go that great. I had to have an emergency surgery done on the 30thto correct what happened in the prior surgery. Went in, had it fixed, and been pretty much laid up for the last two months.

Jenks is not exactly sure what went wrong in the first surgery, but a potentially life-threatening infection developed.

I dont know whose fault it was but there was an error done inside, Jenks said. When I went in for a consultation, we had talked about having, because I had four bones spurs basically on my spine and we talked about taking the top two out. The third one was started and not finished. So basically there was like a serrated edge, and it sliced me open in two different spots, and I was leaking spinal fluid and it just pulled up the bottom of my incision and kind of blew up on me, which caused an infection to climb up that incision. So now I had an infection in my spine. So it was just a combination of everything that could have gone wrong went wrong.

Jenks, who turns 31 on March 14, had the surgery on Dec. 12 and stayed in Boston for about 10 days to recover, he said, before flying home to Arizona. It was on Dec. 28 when he started not to feel good.

It happened like on the 28thand the incision opened up, he said. I didnt know what to think. So I just kind of waited a couple of days thinking it was going to stop and close itself back up, taped it up and bandaged it. There was that constant leak, and thats when I worried and went in and saw the doctor. He told me what was going on. That was on the morning of the 30thand I was in the hospital that afternoon. So it was pretty serious."

If I didnt have the second surgery done immediately, the infection could have gotten into my spinal fluid and into my brain. Who knows what happens then. Obviously not be here right now.

Jenks said he is recovering well from the second surgery. But having the two procedures so close together was very, very painful. And I think thats why I got laid up for so much longer the second time.

He has no timetable on a return to pitching. He hasnt picked up a baseball since last season. For now, hes just focusing on getting healthy.

But things have not gone the way he would have liked since joining the Sox as a free agent before last season.

So frustrating, he said. Obviously coming here I never expected to have a season like this. I just feel bad that coming here as a free agent, deciding and choosing to come here, wanting to come here, and this is what the team is getting from me right now and its just disappointing and frustrating.

Asked if there is a chance he will not pitch this season, Jenks replied:

You know, I dont know right now. With everything going on right now Im just trying to stay focused on one day here at a time. I cant focus on that now because Im going to be here rehabbing in Fort Myers until June anyway. And thats just going to kill me mentally, and I got to stray strong and positive right now.

With the departure of Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies as a free agent and with Daniel Bard slated to be part of the rotation, a healthy and productive Jenks could have been a candidate to take over the closers role. For now, though, he cant think of that.

At this point I miss the rush of being on the field, he said. It feels like that I havent pitched in an entire year, even though I did start the season and started well. But it went downhill so fast that I didnt have time to enjoy anything. So I really dont think worrying about closing right now is an option. Just worrying about doing everything I can to get back out on the field is number one.

Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men


Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while prepping for Claude Bowl II.

*It’s going to be a robust trade market for defensemen with names such as Jack Johnson, Dion Phaneuf and Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlighting the group that’s available. Paul Martin will be in that select company if he clears through waivers and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson will as well with many teams holding D-men they’re willing to part with.

*The Buffalo Sabres apparently want four assets in any deal for rental Evander Kane that includes a draft pick, a prospect and an NHL roster player, and it’s hard to believe anybody is going to do that for a perennial underachiever who's never even scored 60 points in a season before.

*A tough end to the Andrew Cogliano iron-man streak as he’s been suspended for a couple of games after an incident last weekend.

*Brent Burns is the envy of many blueliners around the league because of his hard, accurate shot, which isn’t scoring him as many goals this season

*Year-round Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland has been rewarded for being a member of the Golden Knights with a one-year contract extension.

*It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have got Shayne Gostisbehere thinking more about defense after some up-and-down moments last season in his sophomore effort.

*For something completely different: A profile on a UFC champion and a firefighter all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting dude.


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – Noel Acciari was in and out of the Bruins lineup in the Monday afternoon loss to the Dallas Stars with an upper-body injury and the fourth-line grinder was missing from the practice ice on Tuesday as well. 

Acciari has been able to stay healthy the past few months while helping to establish Boston’s fourth line and has added to his hard-hitting style of play with six goals in 28 games this season.

But there's been a litany of injuries the past few seasons given the physical pounding the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder takes given his rugged style of play. This current injury limited him to just 6:05 of ice time in an overtime loss to the Stars. Still, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was optimistic that Acciari would be able to suit up against the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Claude Julien’s return to TD Garden.

“Jake DeBrusk was under the weather and so was Kevan Miller, so they stayed home,” said Cassidy of Acciari, who has missed 14 games this season mainly due to a broken finger suffered blocking a shot on opening night. “Noel Acciari has a bit of an upper-body injury and it affected his minutes [Monday vs. Dallas]. He’s kind of day-to-day. I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on [Wednesday] morning.”

Both DeBrusk and Miller are expected to be fine to play against the Habs in their rematch from last weekend this time on Boston's home ice. Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the players that were on the ice for Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena: