White Sox pitcher Farquhar fights for life after brain hemorrhage

White Sox pitcher Farquhar fights for life after brain hemorrhage

The jersey of Danny Farquhar of the Chicago White Sox, who is fighting for his life after emergency surgery to reduce swelling from a brain hemorrhage, hangs on the bullpen fence (AFP Photo/Jon Durr)

Los Angeles (AFP) – Major League Baseball pitcher Danny Farquhar was fighting for his life on Sunday after undergoing emergency surgery the day before to reduce swelling from a brain hemorrhage.

Farquhar, of the Chicago White Sox, was in a critical but stable condition following the surgery, USA Today reported.

“He’s a fighter, and he’s in the fight of his life right now,” team vice president Ken Williams told the paper. “They had to do another surgery, cracking his skull open, and putting a clamp on it. My God.”

The right-handed pitcher Farquhar passed out in the dugout late in Friday night’s game after getting two outs against the Houston Astros. He was treated at the scene by team doctors and ambulance personnel before being transported to the hospital. He was conscious during the trip to the hospital.

Williams said Farquhar is now in the neurosurgical unit of Chicago’s Rush University Hospital where he is expected to remain for at least three weeks.

“This certainly shows the fragility of life and how we take every day for granted. And it can change in a heartbeat. Literally,” Williams told the newspaper.

Farquhar’s family was at Friday’s game and are now at his bedside in hospital.

The 31-year-old Farquhar is 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 253 career relief appearances with Toronto, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Chicago.

Report: White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar has surgery

Report: White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar has surgery

White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar remained in stable but critical condition Sunday after surgery on Saturday at Rush University Medical Center.

Farquhar has been hospitalized since Friday, when he suffered a brain hemorrhage in the dugout caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

The Sox did not provide any news on Farquhar on Sunday, but a source told the Tribune that Farquhar underwent a medical procedure Saturday night to relieve swelling in the brain. Farquhar is under the care of Dr. Demetrius Lopes and the Rush neurosurgical team.

White Sox vice president Ken Williams confirmed the procedure on Sunday in an interview with USA Today.

“He’s a fighter, and he’s in the fight of his life right now,” Williams told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “They had to do another surgery, cracking his skull open, and putting a clamp on it. My God.

“This certainly shows the fragility of life and how we take every day for granted. And it can change in a heartbeat. Literally.”

A team source said the White Sox are not releasing information on the treatment Farquhar is receiving at his family’s request.

Manager Rick Renteria told reporters Sunday he had no news on Farquhar’s condition. He said he addressed the players but kept the updates brief.

“Let the medical staff do what they can do and then at the appropriate time, everybody will let us know when it’s OK to go ahead and reach out and go see him,” he said.

The White Sox players spoke about going to see Farquhar in the hospital, and hope to at a later time.

“Besides him being a great teammate and part of this brotherhood, I have to be respectful of his family,” starter Carson Fulmer said. “He’s a brother, he’s one of our teammates and we’re all here for him and his family.”

Farquhar is expected to remain hospitalized for the coming weeks. He continues to receive an outpouring of support from his friends and his extended baseball family.

“The first thing I thought of was just how good of a father he is,” Rays infielder Brad Miller, a former teammate, told the Tampa Bay Times. “Obviously a great teammate; I played with him forever. But he’s got three little kids, and they were his world. So really just thinking about him like that.

“I’ve gotten a bunch of texts from guys that we’ve been playing with — Logan (Morrison), Jake Odorizzi, Richie Shaffer, guys like that. Everybody is just in shock, and can’t believe it. Everybody is thinking about him and want him to pull through. … Hopefully we get some good news soon.”

Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein contributed.

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White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar in Stable Condition After Brain Surgery

White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar in Stable Condition After Brain Surgery

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar during a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar underwent brain surgery resulting from the aneurysm he suffered Friday night, White Sox vice president Ken Williams announced.

He’s a fighter, and he’s in the fight of his life right now,” Williams said, per USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale. “They had to do another surgery, cracking his skull open, and putting a clamp on it. My God. This certainly shows the fragility of life and how we take every day for granted. And it can change in a heartbeat. Literally.”

According to Nightengale, Farquhar underwent a procedure Saturday night and is in critical, but stable condition in an ICU unit in a Chicago-area hospital.

Farquhar faced four batters to get the final two outs of the sixth inning in what proved to be a 10-0 defeat to the Houston Astros on Friday night. Upon returning to the dugout, he collapsed and was transported to a medical facility.

The White Sox announced doctors determined Farquhar’s brain hemorrhaged in the middle of the game and subsequently discovered a ruptured aneurysm led bleeding in his brain.

The White Sox have started hanging Farquhar’s jersey in the bullpen in a show of support:

Nightengale reported Farquhar will remain hospitalized for at least three weeks while he undergoes continued examination by neurosurgeons.

Hawk Harrelson sees chance for Cubs-White Sox World Series down the road

Hawk Harrelson sees chance for Cubs-White Sox World Series down the road

Hawk Harrelson likens these White Sox to “raising children … in their early teens they sprout their wings. As parents, you see a lot you don’t like.”

But if you can resist the temptation to disown them …

“Talent-wise, this is by far the best we’ve had since I’ve been here. Not even close,” said Harrelson, who has been with the Sox since 1982. “I said at SoxFest that we’re not going to contend this year or next year, in my opinion. In 2020, we have a chance to grow and be a monster.”

Harrelson spoke with the Tribune before calling Sunday’s game. At 76, he plans to take part in about 20 broadcasts before becoming a team ambassador in 2019.

He hopes to be around long after that, saying: “Over the next 10 years this is the best chance for Chicago to have a crosstown World Series. The Cubs aren’t going anywhere. They’re good, and I’m happy they’re good.”

As for the Sox, Harrelson said that second baseman Yoan Moncada “can do anything on a baseball field he wants to do. You take a look at a guy like Freddie Lynn. Ichiro Suzuki. Moncada, he can do anything he wants to do if he stays and listens to (manger) Rick (Renteria). We have the perfect guy to be running this show with the influx of Latin players. Perfect man.”

Moncada and Renteria stamped out a mini-controversy from Saturday’s game, with both saying Moncada exited the game early because of hamstring tightness, rather than a less-than-exemplary run to first on a groundout.

No update on Farquhar: A new day brought no new information regarding White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar, who collapsed in the dugout Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

White Sox officials continue to say he is in critical but stable condition.

Renteria addressed the Sox players about it but is keeping updates brief out of respect for Farquhar’s family.

“Let the medical staff do what they can do and then at the appropriate time, everybody will let us know when it’s OK to go ahead and reach out and go see him,” he said.

Farquhar, 31, remains in the care of Dr. Demetrius Lopes and the neurosurgical team at Rush University Medical Center.

Century club: The White Sox became the first American League team to issue 100 walks. Starter Reynaldo Lopez issued four in five innings, throwing just 56 strikes in 100 pitches.

That high pitch count wasn’t the only reason he did not work deeper in the game. He had what Renteria called a “little stomach thing” and what Lopez termed a “stomach ache.”

“I wasn’t feeling good physically,” Lopez said. “I felt the discomfort as soon as I woke up. But it’s no excuse for me to not do my job. I didn’t tell anybody till the end of the game.”

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Astros finish off dominating sweep of White Sox

Astros finish off dominating sweep of White Sox

Jake Marisnick snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a leadoff single that ignited a five-run seventh inning as the Houston Astros completed a three-game series sweep of the host Chicago White Sox with a 7-1 victory on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Astros (16-7) extended their winning streak to six games with their first-ever sweep of the White Sox, who have dropped seven straight. Chicago (4-14) is off to its worst start since 1968.

Marisnick had posted 13 strikeouts in his previous 19 plate appearances before opening the seventh with a soft line drive to center field off White Sox right-hander Aaron Bummer. Bruce Rondon entered in relief of Bummer (0-1) but failed to stem the tide, issuing walks to George Springer and Carlos Correa while allowing run-scoring singles to Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman.

Nate Jones followed Rondon and surrendered a two-run double to Marwin Gonzalez on his first pitch before Evan Gattis added a fielder’s choice RBI that plated Bregman and capped the rally. The Astros sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning against the three White Sox right-handers.

The White Sox once again failed to provide run support for right-handed starter Reynaldo Lopez, who allowed one run on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts over five innings. Houston stranded six baserunners through four innings against Lopez, who has received just three runs of support in four starts. Correa pulled Houston even with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers (3-1) lacked his best stuff yet proved elusive enough to log six innings. McCullers entered leading the majors averaging 14.57 strikeouts per nine innings but finished with just three while allowing eight hits and plunking a pair of batters.

But he limited Chicago to one run and was aided in the third by an outfield assist from Josh Reddick, who erased Yoan Moncada at the plate following a one-out single to right field by Jose Abreu.

Houston outscored the White Sox 27-2 in the weekend series. The Astros rotation surrendered only five earned runs over 47 innings during the seven-game road trip.

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White Sox keep it below double digits but lose again to Astros, 7-1

White Sox keep it below double digits but lose again to Astros, 7-1

Three days, three blowout losses to the Astros.

The only difference Sunday is that there were some beanings, with Houston right-hander Lance McCullers plunking Wellington Castillo and Yolmer Sanchez. The White Sox bullpen was so wild in Chicago’s 7-1 defeat, you couldn’t tell the brushbacks from the plain old balls.

Nate Jones came in high and tight on lumberjack Evan Gattis, but that was part of botched seventh inning that featured four Sox pitchers allowing five runs, four hits, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch.

With the Sox pitching in the eighth, a camera panned to a couple snoozing on a sunny and relatively comfortable day at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Manager Rick Renteria should hope that his players are not comfortable after falling to 4-15. The White Sox have lost seven straight and 14 of their last 16. They’re 1-8 at home.

They actually took a 1-0 lead in the second when Sanchez drove in Matt Davidson with a liner to right.

Their next best chance to score came when Yoan Moncada tried to get home on a Jose Abreu single.

Josh Reddick’s throw beat Moncada by several steps, but Moncada flew in head-first, creating a dust bowl at the platw. It appeared that Moncada got his right hand in under Max Stassi’s tag, but a replay review confirmed the out call.

Sox pitchers walked seven batters, becoming the first American League team to reach 100.

The ugly numbers from this series: Houston outscored the Sox 27-2.

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