Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has had his fair share of back injuries throughout his career, but it pales in comparison to what he when through this offseason.
Jenks underwent surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in December to remove bone chips in his back. A seemingly routine procedure, right. Wrong.
While Jenks has at his home in Arizona, he noticed a strange fluid leaking out of his incision. Instead of being worried about it, he just bandaged it up and went about his life. The problem, however, would not go away, so he was rushed into emergency surgery on December 30 to repair a "mistake" on his previous surgery that Jenks said could have cost his life.
He was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism in September and because of that diagnosis, he had to wait until December for the surgery.
Jenks said of the scare, "I don't know whose fault it was, but there was an error done inside," he said. "I had four bone spurs on my spine and we talked about taking the top two out. The third one was started but not finished, so basically there was a serrated edge that sliced me open in two different spots and I was leaking spinal fluid. (The spur) pulled off the bottom of my incision and blew up on me, which caused an infection to climb up that incision and now I had an infection in my spine. It was a combination of 'everything that could have gone wrong went wrong."
"If I didn't have it done immediately, the infection could have gotten into my spinal fluid and up to my brain, and who knows what could have happened then? I could not be here right now." Jenks continued to say.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that the team was aware of the issue and has given jenks the utmost support. Cherington also said that the team has not placed a time table on Jenks' return, although Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has said that Jenks being out until midseason was the most likely scenario.