Jenks diagnosed with pulmonary embolism


Jenks diagnosed with pulmonary embolism

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

BOSTON -- While there was good news for a couple of Red Sox pitchers Tuesday, the news on Bobby Jenks was startling.

The right-hander, who has been on the disabled list since July 8 with left back tightness, has been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism -- a condition that occurs when one or more arteries in your lungs become blocked -- manager Terry Francona said. The condition is not expected to affect Jenks career, but obviously takes priority over his back ailment.

This was a very small embolism, Francona said. They have it under control. Certainly they want it to go away but I think they feel like hes in good shape.

Jenks is on medication for the embolism, but is shut down from baseball activities.

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Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain


Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi left Wednesday's game with a knee sprain and will be further evaluated Thursday.

Benintendi was on second base in the seventh inning, with teammate Travis Shaw on third. The Tampa Rays pulled the infield in, and with no out, Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to short.

Initially, Benintendi was intent on getting to third, but with the infield in, Shaw didn't break from third. That forced Benintendi to head back to second. Tampa shortstop Matt Duffy chased him back to the bag and tagged him out. As he attempted elude the tag, Benintendi's left leg buckled underneath him.

He fell to the ground and got up very gingerly. Benintendi was helped off the field by two members of the training staff, unable to put any weight on the left leg.

Only two nights earlier, Benintendi had made one of the best catches of the season when he leaped above the wall in left to prevent a two-run homer by Rays outfielder Steve Souza Jr.

Benintendi was 1-for-3 with a double Wednesday and is hitting .324 after being promoted from Double A to the big leagues three weeks ago.


Neumeier: Clay Buchholz could be important for Red Sox down the stretch

Neumeier: Clay Buchholz could be important for Red Sox down the stretch

Bob Neumeier explains why he thinks Clay Buchholz will ultimately end up being key for the Boston Red Sox down the stretch even if it is just a bullpen role.