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Former closer Bobby Jenks wins $5.1 million settlement over botched back surgery

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Bobby Jenks was a key part of the 2005 world champion White Sox. By 2009 and 2010, his effectiveness fell off and he signed with the Boston Red Sox snapped for the 2011 season. That season was a nightmare in which he pitched only 19 games and then had surgery to alleviate spinal compression.

Normally surgery improves things, but in Jenks’ case it was a nightmare. Jenks experienced painful headaches and issues with leaking spinal fluid in the aftermath. In its wake he slid deep into substance abuse and his career ended.

Jenks got sober several years ago. And he learned that the surgeon who was overseeing his surgery had two separate surgeries going on at the same time, a practice called “concurrent surgery.” Jenks sued, alleging malpractice. His case must’ve looked pretty good, because he just reached a $5.1 million settlement with the hospital and doctor which performed the surgery:

Former Boston Red Sox and White Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks has won a $5.1 million dollar settlement with Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Kirkham Wood . . . In a recent interview Jenks stated, “I want this to be spread everywhere and known by everybody…..What they practiced at the hospital was unsafe and should not be done anywhere.”

Jenks has said he plans to use the $5.1 million from the settlement to teach the general public about the great dangers connected to concurrent surgery.

Good to see that Jenks’ fortunes have improved.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.