FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- If Bobby Jenks' first season with the Boston Red Sox was difficult, his offseason was worse.
In 2011, the first of a two-year, $12 million contract with Boston, Jenks was limited by several ailments, including a right biceps strain, left back tightness, and a pulmonary embolism. He finished with just 19 appearances, 15 2-3 innings, a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 6.32.
He was scheduled for offseason surgery on his back, but had to wait for the embolism to clear on its own before he could do so.
Jenks then had the surgery on his back at Massachusetts General Hospital on Dec. 12. But serious complications from that procedure led to an emergency follow-up surgery on Dec. 30 in Scottsdale, Ariz., near his home.
"Obviously," Jenks said, "my winter didn't go very well."
Jenks is not certain what went wrong in the first surgery, but a potentially life-threatening infection developed.
Fortunately, he's back in camp with the Red Sox, and eager to move forward.
But it hasn't been an easy road.