Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks recently shared the good news that he is in remission and cancer free after his battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hendriks first announced his diagnosis in January and then underwent several rounds of chemotherapy, the last of which he underwent in early April.
Now that the 34-year-old Australian native has received and processed that welcome result, his attention turns to working his way back to the mound. Speaking of that, ESPN’s Jesse Rogers tweets that Hendriks was in the White Sox clubhouse for the first time in far too long on Tuesday and will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday. Given Hendriks’ need for a full reboot, it’s likely his rehab job will take a long time, but every step is encouraging.
Hendriks for his career has thrown to a 109and a K/BB ratio of 4.58 over splits of 12 MLB seasons. The three-time All-Star has been especially dominant since his breakthrough at age 30 in 2019. Since that season, he has posted a 2.26 ERA with 359 strikeouts in 239 at bats. Needless to say, Hendriks eventual return to the struggling White Sox will mean a lot, especially in ways that have little to do with his pitching.