White Sox pitcher Liam Hendriks announced via Instagram last Sunday, January 8, that he has a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“Hearing the word ‘Cancer’ came as a shock to my wife and I, as it does to millions of families each year. However, I am resolved to embrace the fight and overcome this new challenge with the same determination I have used when facing other obstacles in my life,” Hendriks wrote.
On its official Twitter page, the Sox expressed that they will support him throughout his endeavors. He already began his treatment earlier Monday.
Earlier Sunday evening, Liam Hendriks announced he is beginning treatment tomorrow for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We’re all with you, Liam! 💚 pic.twitter.com/iLF1IpByp5
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 9, 2023
Mayo Clinic said that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that “begins in your lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s germ-fighting immune system.” The condition causes white blood cells to grow abnormally, forming tumors.
Hendriks said he expects to recover ” and be back on the mound as soon as possible.”
“I know with the support of my wife, my family, my teammates and the Chicago White Sox organization, along with the treatment and care from my doctors, I will get through this,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Sox senior vice president and general manager Rick Hahn released a statement about the veteran pitcher’s condition.
“Our thoughts and reactions at this time are for Liam the person, not Liam the baseball player. I know the entire Chicago White Sox fans, will rally in support of Liam and Kristi during the coming months,” Hahn stated.
He is also optimistic that Hendriks will overcome the challenge. He and the team will also “do everything in our power to support our teammate and his family as they face this challenge, while also respecting their privacy.”
They are also not expecting any updates that the pitcher would make it to Opening Day, added Hahn.
Teams Rally Behind Hendriks
MLB teams are expressing their support to the Sox pitcher and OKBET players who hope that Hendriks will have a speedy recovery.
Sending you all of our best. You’ve got this, Liam!
— Buffalo Bisons🦬 (@BuffaloBisons) January 9, 2023
Sending our support from Detroit, Liam. Wishing you a speedy recovery 💚
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) January 9, 2023
all the love in the world to you, Liam!! ❤️
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) January 9, 2023
Let’s go Liam. You got this 💪
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) January 9, 2023
Sending love and support from San Francisco! You've got this Liam 🧡
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) January 9, 2023
You’ve got this, Liam! Sending you our best and hoping for a speedy recovery. 💙
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 9, 2023
Sending love and support from H-Town! 🧡💚
— Houston Astros (@astros) January 9, 2023
Sending our love and support from the North Side! 💙
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 9, 2023
Other teams that extended their support were the Buffalo Bisons, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue jays, and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Kansas City Royals also commented on the Sox’s tweet.
Career Highlights of Liam Hendriks
Liam Hendriks is a three-time All-Star and one of Major League Baseball’s best closers (MLB). He is also a two-time recipient of the Mariano Rivera Reliever of the Year Award.
Now 33, Hendriks, who is nearing his 13th year in MLB, has had 30 and 37 saves in the last two seasons. As a pitcher last year, he allowed an earned run average (ERA) of 2.54. It was followed by a 2.81 ERA and appeared 58 times in the previous season.
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