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.

Charlie Morton exits start with discomfort in right shoulder

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Astros pitcher Charlie Morton left Sunday’s start against the Angels after just one inning due to discomfort in his right shoulder, the team announced. Morton yielded a one-out double to Justin Upton, who later scored on a wild pitch. He averages about 96 MPH on his fastball but sat in the 92-94 MPH range in his one inning of work.

Morton, 34, went on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort on August 29 and returned on September 8. It’s bad news for the Astros, who may have to go into the playoffs without him. If that is to be the case, Lance McCullers would take Morton’s spot in the rotation. It’s also bad news for Morton, who is a free agent after the season and figures to be one of the more sought-after starters.

Morton entered Sunday’s start 15-3 with a 3.15 ERA with a 195/63 K/BB ratio in 163 innings of work.