Braves centerfielder Ender Inciarte was removed from Friday’s game against the Dodgers after suffering a right hamstring injury. While the team has yet to make a formal roster move, it seems all but guaranteed that Inciarte will head to the injured list in the next day or so.
The incident occurred in the bottom of the second inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Matt Joyce tapped a two-run single into center field to plate Josh Donaldson and Inciarte. Inciarte appeared to injure his leg while running to beat the tag at the plate and was visibly upset afterwards, wincing and slamming his helmet to the ground before exiting the field with a trainer.
Inciarte is still newly-returned from the injured list, where he spent the bulk of May, June, and July rehabbing a lumbar strain. He also missed some time in August with soreness in his left quad, and may now be looking at another significant stretch on the shelf. The extent of his hamstring injury has not been revealed by the team at this point, nor is there an announced timetable for his expected return.
The 28-year-old outfielder went 1-for-1 with a double in Friday’s series opener, and currently holds a .246/.343/.397 batting line with five home runs, 24 RBI, and a .740 OPS across 230 plate appearances. Should he end up on the 10-day IL in the near future, he’s likely to be replaced on the roster by veteran outfielder Adam Duvall. Duvall, 30, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday and impressed in his limited time with the team so far this season, batting .250/.297/.500 with five homers, 10 RBI, and a .797 OPS in 74 PA.
Bobby Jenks was a key part of the 2005 world champion White Sox. By 2010, his effectiveness as a closer fell off and he signed with the Boston Red Sox for the 2011 season. He’d pitch in only 19 games that year, suffer a back injury and would never pitch again.
In the year or so after that, we heard that Jenks was arrested for driving under the influence. And then we heard that his back surgery was botched, and his baseball career was over. Then, after years of silence, we learned last spring that Jenks won $5.1 million in a medical malpractice suit against the doctor who performed his surgery.
We did not, however, know all the details until Bobby Jenks wrote about them at the Players’ Tribune this morning. This is must-click link stuff, folks.
Jenks talks about how a seemingly innocuous pitch to Jorge Posada in an early-season Red Sox-Yankees game in 2011 was the last pitch he’d ever throw. He talks about the presumably simple surgery that would supposedly get him back on the field. And then the scary complications in which he almost died due to leaking spinal fluid resulting from the botched surgery. Then, after using painkillers to deal with back pain, Jenks’ fell into drug addiction, all of which culminated in him finding himself half-naked and crazed in a car that didn’t belong to him with police and rescue workers surrounding him.
Jenks got clean but his wife left him. And then he mounted a multi-year lawsuit during which he learned that the reason his back surgery was screwed up was because the surgeon was performing two surgeries at one time, which is an apparently common practice called “concurrent surgery,” that sounds like it totally should NOT be a common practice.
Yet Jenks has survived. He’s been sober for over seven years and he seems to be in a good place. But boy did he have to go through something harrowing to get there. Definitely take the time to read it.