Former closer Jenks gets $5.1M hospital settlement

Former major league closer Bobby Jenks agreed to a $5.1 million settlement with the Boston hospital and surgeon he blamed for causing his career-ending spine injury.

The Boston Globe reported the out-of-court settlement between Jenks and Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday, the day before his medical malpractice suit was scheduled to go to trial.

Jenks, 38, claimed his 2011 surgery was botched because the doctor was simultaneously supervising another operation.

The right-hander played seven seasons in the majors with the Chicago White Sox (2005-10) and Boston Red Sox (2011), posting a 3.53 ERA and 173 saves in 348 relief appearances.

Jenks won a World Series with the White Sox in 2005 and was an All-Star during back-to-back 40-save campaigns in 2006 and 2007.

“Never picking up a baseball again is absolutely devastating,” Jenks told the Boston Globe on Tuesday. “I was living my dream, and it was taken away from me.”

The hospital released a statement saying Dr. Kirkham Wood provided “high-quality and appropriate care” to Jenks and that “overlapping surgery played no role in this case.”

Attorneys for Wood did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.

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