Liam Hendriks to undergo treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

The White Sox are closing in Liam Hendrix announced tonight on his Instagram page that he will start treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma tomorrow.

Hearing the word “cancer” was a shock to my wife and I, as it is to millions of families every year. However, I am determined to embrace the fight and overcome this new challenge with the same determination that I have used in the face of other obstacles in my life.“, wrote Hendriks. “My treatment starts tomorrow and I am confident that I will fully recover and be back on the mound as soon as possible. I know that with the support of my wife, my family, my teammates and the Chicago White Sox organization, as well as the treatment and care of my doctors, I will get through this..”

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn also released a statement on behalf of the team:Our thoughts and reactions right now are for Liam the person, not Liam the baseball player. I know the entire Chicago White Sox organization, our staff, teammates, and certainly White Sox fans, will rally in support of Liam and Kristi over the coming months. Knowing everyone involved, especially Liam, we are optimistic he will pitch for the White Sox again as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will all do everything in our power to support our teammate and his family in this challenge, while respecting their privacy. We don’t expect to have any updates on Liam’s playing status until Opening Day at the earliest..”

Hendriks celebrates his 34th birthday in February and the native of Perth, Australia is coming off his third All-Star season. Beginning his big league career with the Twins in 2011, it took Hendriks until 2015 (as a member of the Blue Jays) to really break out, which kicked off a four-way streak. strong but unspectacular seasons of pen work. In 2019, however, Hendriks took things to another level, as he became one of the best shooters in the game after posting a 2.26 ERA, 38.8% strikeout rate and a walk rate of 5.1% over 239 rounds since the start of the 2019 campaign.

Hendriks’ three All-Star selections have come in that dominating four-year streak, and it’s led to big free agent pay in the 2020-21 offseason. Hendriks is two seasons into a three-year, $54 million deal with the White Sox that includes a $15 million one-time club option for 2024 that also features a $15 million buyout (which would be covered by deferred payments if the Sox decline the option).

Beyond his success on the pitch, Hendriks is also a hugely popular player, loved by his teammates and fans. Today’s news has already started an outpouring of support for Hendriks on social media, and we at MLB Trade Rumors join the rest of the baseball world in wishing him a full recovery.

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