Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage on Friday
Both teammates and rivals are praying for the recovery of a White Sox reliever who is fighting for his life after suffering a brain hemorrhage during a game.
Danny Farquhar, 31, got two outs in the top of the sixth on Friday night against Houston, and fainted moments later after returning to the dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
Farquhar has spent the weekend undergoing multiple brain surgeries at Rush University Medical center to repair the ruptured aneurysm.
Meanwhile, the White Sox have continued on stoically, hanging Farquhar’s number 43 jersey in the dugout during Saturday and Sunday’s games in a silent show of solidarity with their hospitalized teammate. The team also inscribed Farquhar’s initials and number on their hats for the games.
‘It crushes us in this clubhouse, and nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens,’ White Sox starter James Shields told reporters prior to Saturday’s home game against the Houston Astros.
The uniform of critically-injured Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar hangs in the bullpen during the third inning against the Houston Astros on Sunday
Teammates including designated hitter Matt Davidson (above) inscribed Farquhar’s initials and number above the bill of their caps for Saturday’s home game against the Astros
‘When you see one of your brothers go down like that, it’s not very fun to watch. He’s such a resilient human being and we’re praying for him. We hope everything goes well,’ Shields said.
‘He’s alive, he’s got a chance and that’s what I’m hanging on to,’ said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.
Farquhar, a married father of three, has undergone multiple brain surgeries over the weekend, Chicago White Sox vice president Ken Williams told USA Today.
‘They had to do another surgery, cracking his skull open, and putting a clamp on it. My God,’ Williams said.
‘This certainly shows the fragility of life and how we take every day for granted. And it can change in a heartbeat. Literally.’
Farquhar’s family is now by his side in the hospital, where he will be closely monitored over the next few weeks.
Veteran right-hander Faquhar’s decade-long career as a pro pitcher has created connections across the league, and tributes to him have poured in from around Major League Baseball.
Farquhar is seen pitching against the Kansas City Royals on March 31. He collapsed in the Chicago dugout on Friday shortly after throwing 15 pitches in the sixth inning
Farquhar (43) is seen during a mound visit on April 4. He is was rushed to the hospital on Friday night after collapsing in the dugout due to a ruptured brain aneurysm
‘Sending positive thoughts to the Farquhar family and the White Sox organization,’ tweeted cross-town rivals the Cubs.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Danny and his family. Get well soon!’ wrote the Cleveland Indians, the White Sox’s AL Central rival.
Farquhar was selected by Toronto in the 10th round of the 2008 draft and made his major league debut with the Blue Jays in 2011. The right-hander is 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 253 career relief appearances with Toronto, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Chicago.
On Friday, Farquhar, 1-1 in eight appearances this season, faced four batters and threw 15 pitches to get the final two outs in the top of the sixth before he passed out.
Farquhar was helped by team medical personnel and on-site EMTs. He regained consciousness before he was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
The White Sox announced Saturday that additional testing revealed the brain hemorrhage was caused by a ruptured aneurysm.
The team has fared poorly in its homestand against the Astros since Faquhar’s collapse. The World Series champions completed a three-game sweep in which they outscored Chicago 27-2.