Minutes after pitching in the team’s loss on Friday night against the Houston Astros at home in Chicago, Chicago White Sox right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a ruptured aneurysm that cause a brain hemorrhage while still in the dugout.
Farquhar had just gotten done throwing fifteen pitches in the sixth inning of the White Sox game when, seemingly out of nowhere, he lost consciousness in the dugout.
White Sox medical staff and EMTs rushed to the dugout to administer aid, and they quickly got him to the hospital.
Worse yet, though, Farquhar is currently fighting for his life in the hospital, as he is in stable but critical condition in the ICU at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Cameras captured the aftermath of the incident during last night’s game (below):
Danny Farquhar faints in the dugout and is taken away by the medics, before going to the hospital as a precaution (00:25)
A seven-year veteran of the Major Leagues, the 31-year-old Farquhar has gotten close to teammates in Chicago, like pitcher James Shields, who reacted to the horrifying moment today (below):
“It crushes us in this clubhouse. Nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens. When you see one of your brothers go down like that it’s not very fun to watch. He’s such a resilient human being and we’re praying for him and hope everything goes well. All that matters is family and life. He’s a brother of ours and a great teammate. As of right now it’s not looking great. He’s definitely stable from what we hear. But this kid has a long ways to go. He’s fighting.”
Another pitcher, teammate Hector Santiago, noted that most of the team was thinking of Farquhar rather than their upcoming game tonight in Chicago (below):
“We’re more worried about what’s going on with him and his family than this game right now.”
Tough, tough situation for his teammates — but even more importantly, it’s a truly life-threatening situation for Farquhar himself.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Danny and his friends, family, loved ones, and teammates right now.
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