Red Sox, Bobby Jenks working on settlement

The Red Sox and embattled reliever Bobby Jenks have been trying to work out a settlement of the righthander’s contract, according to a major league source.

Jenks, once considered one of the best closers in baseball, signed a two-year deal worth $12 million before the 2011 season. His time in Boston has been plagued by injury. In 19 games last season, he was 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA, He last pitched for the Red Sox July 7, 2011 in a one-inning outing versus Baltimore at Fenway Park.

During spring training in Fort Myers in March, Jenks was arrested for driving under the influence and issued a statement apologizing for his actions.

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Jenks said in spring training that his representatives could be exploring possible legal action for a botched back surgery conducted at Mass General Hospital which required him to undergo a second procedure in Phoenix, leaving him in severe pain.

The Red Sox would not comment on the Jenks situation.