Pitcher Bobby Jenks throws in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Red Sox righthander battled alcohol troubles before, but stopped drinking two years ago. Now, he's in legal trouble after a Thursday night arrest.
Unfortunately, it appears that Jenks might have been drinking Thursday, as this Lee County, Florida arrest record indicates that Jenks was arrested on five charges, including four involving driving under the influence. The record says property damage was also involved; Jenks was held for several hours before bonding out.
The Red Sox placed Jenks on the 60-day disabled list earlier this week and he said there’s no timetable for when he might be able to pick up a baseball and start throwing again. Jenks lost significant weight in the last six harrowing months before reporting to camp this week. Jenks signed a two-year, $12 million contract before the 2011 season. He appeared in just 19 games last season, with a 2-2 record and a 6.32 ERA.
It would appear, based on this arrest, that it could be quite a bit longer before Jenks can pick up a baseball again, if he ever does.