MLB notes: Horrific scare for Jenks

Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks pitches against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Tex., July...

Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks pitches against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Tex., July 2, 2011. (BOB LEVEY/Getty Images/AFP)

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It was almost New Year's Eve and you couldn't blame Bobby Jenks if he was eager to get 2011 over with.

Last September it was discovered that the Boston Red Sox reliever had a pulmonary embolism -- a condition that forced a delay in his scheduled spinal surgery.

That operation finally took place in mid-December in Massachusetts and, as the new year approached, Jenks was resting at home in Arizona, a couple of weeks after two bone spurs had been removed from his spine.

That's when Jenks noticed fluid leaking from the middle of his back.

I don't know whose fault it was," Jenks told the Boston Globe Thursday.

"But there was an error done inside. I had four bone spurs on my spine. We talked about taking the top two out. The third one was started and not finished. So basically there was a serrated edge that sliced me open in two different spots and I was leaking spinal fluid."

The pain became excruciating.

"(The spur) pulled off the bottom of my incision and blew up on me, which caused an infection ... in my spine," said Jenks, who was rushed into emergency surgery Dec. 30.

"If I didn't have it done immediately, the infection could have got into my spinal fluid and up to my brain, and who knows what could have happened then? I could not be here right now."

As for 2012, Jenks is on the team's 60-day disabled list. He has lost 30-40 pounds off his 275-pound frame and hopes to be able to pitch again at some point this season.

OSWALT'S SEASON ON HOLD

The St. Louis Cardinals are no longer interested in signing starting pitcher Roy Oswalt.

And Oswalt himself doesn't seem to be in any hurry to get his season started.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday he was happy the way the team's starting rotation was shaping up.

"I never had any confidence we were going to bring (Oswalt) in," Mozeliak said.

Later in the day, agent Bob Garber said Oswalt "has decided to continue to evaluate his options."

"He is in great health and will continue to stay in shape, while throwing regularly off the mound. Roy has every intention of pitching for a contending club at some point this season."

Oswalt, 34, made 23 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies last season, going 9-10 with a 3.69 earned-run average.

He has a 159-93 record with a 3.21 ERA in 11 seasons with the Houston Astros and Phillies.

REYES READY TO ROLL

Shortstop Jose Reyes checked in Thursday to the Miami Marlins camp, saying he has the same drive now as he did last season with the New York Mets.

"I'm the kind of guy who has a lot energy and a lot of passion for the game. I enjoy the game as much as I can. That's something I'm going to bring here," Reyes told MLB.com.

Reyes said he has talked with Hanley Ramirez, who, perhaps grudgingly, is shifting to third base from shortstop to make room for the free-agent acquisition.

I know he's happy," Reyes said of Ramirez. "I saw him in the Dominican ... last week. We've been talking most of the time. We're good. We don't have any problems."

BRIEFLY

Houston Astros left-handed starter Wandy Rodriguez ended his Thursday bullpen session early because of tightness in his back. "I just stopped because I felt a little bit sore and I didn't want to throw more," Rodriguez told the Houston Chronicle ... Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson returned to camp feeling better after suffering a concussion in a one-car accident Monday. He said Thursday his headache was gone, but that he had soreness and bruises ... The Anaheim Angels signed right-handed reliever Jason Isringhausen to a minor-league deal. The Angels led the AL with 25 blown saves last season but intend to stick with Jordan Walden as the closer. Isringhausen, 39, appeared in 53 games for the New York Mets last season, going 3-3 with seven saves and a 4.05 ERA ... Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly is facing four drunken driving-related charges stemming from an incident Dec. 22. Coonelly apologized Thursday ... Kansas City Royals catcher Manny Pina will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He was injured Wednesday when he twisted to catch a foul tip.


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