Danny Farquhar’s brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm was one of the most alarming stories in sports, but the White Sox pitcher has taken another major step in his recovery and return to a Major League field.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria told reporters Tuesday that Farquhar visited the White Sox clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time since his hemorrhage.
#WhiteSox Danny Farquhar visited his teammates today for about an hour in the @whitesox clubhouse. Teammates said he “was the same old Danny” chomping at the bit to play baseball again (will have to wait until next year). @cbschicago
— Megan Mawicke (@MeganMawicke) May 8, 2018
The 31-year-old pitcher passed out in the White Sox dugout on April 21 and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Such a condition is life-threatening, which made seeing him in the clubhouse a relief for many.
“I think anything like sure does give you a lot of perspective on everything, everything is relative in terms of importance,” Renteria said in a video from Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Daryl Van Schouwen. “Everything has its place of importance and in this particular instance, just watching him, I’m sure these guys were very happy.”
Danny Farquhar was a clubhouse visitor today. Here’s Rick Renteria on latest uplifting development for the White Sox pitcher. pic.twitter.com/N3USKi2t0L
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) May 8, 2018
How has Danny Farquhar’s recovery gone?
Farquhar was discharged from RUSH University Medical Center on Monday and reportedly has an optimistic prognosis from his neurosurgeon, Dr. Demetrius Lopes.
The White Sox haven’t offered much information on how Farquhar has progressed, but considering that cerebral aneurysms are fatal for 40 percent of the people who suffer them, and that more than half of the survivors suffer long-term disabilities, it appears Farquhar is doing quite well given what he was facing.
Will Farquhar ever pitch for the White Sox again?
Farquhar’s absolute No. 1 priority is his long-term health, so expect the pitcher, doctor and team to play his rehab timeline as safely as possible. The team has already ruled him out from pitching in any kind of competitive game during the 2018 season, but Dr. Lopes does expect Farquhar to be able to pitch again.
“I wouldn’t limit Danny to anything. The human body, the mind, the desire to do certain things, you can’t place a limit on the size of a man’s heart. He has a lot of drive,” Renteria said. “We’re just glad he’s out of the hospital now and recovering well. He still has to take it easy, from what I know, a couple more weeks. I wouldn’t put anything Danny in terms of what he may or may not be able to do moving forward.”
What effect has Farquhar had on MLB?
The White Sox have gone all out in honoring their player, hanging Farquhar’s jersey in the dugout until he returned to the team and giving tickets to his medical staff during Nurse Appreciation Day. Farquhar’s story was scary, but people across baseball are doing their best to give it a happy resolution.
Nate Jones' promise to Danny Farquhar on Farquhar's No. 43 jersey hanging daily in the White Sox bullpen: "I told him that we are flying it until he walks in here."
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 7, 2018
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