When the Red Sox signed Bobby Jenks last winter, no one could have envisioned that the former White Sox closer would have the injury troubles in two years that he’s gone through. Those injury troubles continue as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Jenks has undergone a second spinal decompression procedure after feeling discomfort in his neck.
Jenks underwent the first procedure in mid-December that removed bone fragments pressing against nerves in his neck. As Cafardo mentions, since the first procedure, a new area of fragments has been found causing the discomfort.
Generally, recovery time is eight weeks following the procedure, meaning big Bobby Jenks is unlikely to be ready for the start of Spring Training.
Last offseason the Red Sox signed Jenks to a two-year deal worth $12 million with hopes that he could ultimately slide into the closer role if Jonathan Papelbon were to walk. Well he did and now Jenks will be fighting for a spot in the bullpen, let alone the closer role. Last season Jenks appeared in only 19 games and struggled with his control and velocity resulting in a 6.32 ERA with a 2.234 WHIP. He has 173 career saves through 7 seasons.