Bobby Jenks “making progress” in treatment for pulmonary embolism

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The last we heard from Bobby Jenks in mid-September, he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, a condition which involves a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung.

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday that Jenks is “making progress” in his treatments. While the condition wasn’t considered career-threatening, Jenks was put on blood thinners after the diagnosis, delaying surgery to address a back injury which kept him sidelined for most of the season.

The current plan calls for Jenks to be reevaluated in December. The 30-year-old right-hander could be cleared for back surgery if all goes well, but his status for the early part of 2012 remains in doubt.

Jenks, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Red Sox last December, posted a 6.32 ERA and 17/13 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings this season.

Brandon Morrow injured his back taking off his pants

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The Cubs’ bullpen got into trouble in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon during the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Wilson started the inning with the Cubs leading 3-2, normally a situation for closer Brandon Morrow. Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Austin Barnes, then gave up a single to Justin Turner. Morrow wasn’t warming up, curiously. Wilson ended up giving up a go-ahead two-run double to pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer and the Cubs went on to lose 4-3.

We now know why Morrow wasn’t available. He says his back tightened up taking off his pants early Monday morning, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Morrow said, “It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go for something as stupid as taking your pants off.”

Morrow, 33, has been terrific in the closer’s role this season for the Cubs. He owns a 1.59 ERA with a 25/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He is also not available for the back end of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but it sounds like he won’t need to go on the disabled list.