The 2023 MLB offseason has brought plenty of change across the baseball landscape, where fans have seen several high-profile players switch teams. Unfortunately, the news Liam Hendriks has to share isn’t good.
According to the three-time All-Star pitcher himself, Hendriks has been diagnosed with Non-Hodkin’s Lymphoma. He announced the diagnosis on his own social media account on Sunday evening.
“Recently I was diagnosed with 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.”Liam Hendriks on being diagnosed with cancer
Hendriks, who has been with the Chicago White Sox for the past two seasons, serving as their closer, will begin cancer treatment on Monday.
Chicago White Sox release statement on Liam Hendriks
Since joining the White Sox in free agency on a four-year, $54 million contract in 2021, Hendriks has proven to be a key part of the Chicago bullpen. He’s reached the All-Star game in both seasons, saving 75 games while pitching to an ERA of just 2.66 in 127 appearances.
The White Sox are certainly invested in seeing Hendriks receive the best treatment possible as he now looks to deal with a much more serious off-field situation. The organization has also released a statement in support of Hendriks as he gets ready to start his road to recovery.
As mentioned, the White Sox do not plan to have any updates on Hendriks’ playing status prior to opening day at the earliest.