White Sox closer Liam Hendricks is looking for a miracle. With an indomitable will, the results of his efforts to combine chemotherapy and pitching in the bullpen soon came to fruition. Maybe he’ll return to the major league mound this year.
Hendricks revealed on the 22nd (Korean time) that he is completely free of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On January 9, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer.
Congratulation from his colleagues followed. Reflecting on Hendrix’s wife, Lucas Giolito said, “Christie helped Hendrix keep a positive mindset.” 먹튀검증Aaron Boomer said, “It’s hard to find the right words to say. It’s a blessing.”
Hendricks revealed the name of his disease and said, “I was shocked. But I decided to accept and overcome it as if I had overcome obstacles in my life. Treatment starts tomorrow. I will return to the mound as soon as possible.”
As he received chemotherapy, he was unable to participate in the WBC (World Baseball Classic) as part of the Australian national team, let alone join the opening roster.
But Hendricks didn’t let go of the ball. While he was undergoing chemotherapy, he kept fit at the White Sox’ spring training facility. He was so zealous that on days when his condition was good, he would sit the catcher and pitch in the bullpen.
White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz said, “Hendricks is different from most people. He threw out of the bullpen after undergoing chemotherapy.” Giolito said the ball Hendrix threw from the bullpen was more powerful than his own, “It may seem surprising from the outside, but we knew Hendricks and we knew this was going to happen.”
Hendricks, along with national team coach Dave Nielsen, is one of the best players in the major leagues that Australia has produced. He made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins before moving on to the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals and Oakland before moving to the Chicago White Sox.
In 2021, his first season with the White Sox, he was the American League relief king with 38 saves. He continued to make 37 saves in 2022, establishing himself as the league’s top finishing pitcher.