Danny Farquhar’s brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm was one of the most alarming stories in sports, but the White Sox pitcher has taken another major step in his recovery and return to a Major League field.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria told reporters Tuesday that Farquhar visited the White Sox clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time since his hemorrhage.
#WhiteSox Danny Farquhar visited his teammates today for about an hour in the @whitesox clubhouse. Teammates said he “was the same old Danny” chomping at the bit to play baseball again (will have to wait until next year). @cbschicago
The 31-year-old pitcher passed out in the White Sox dugout on April 21 and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Such a condition is life-threatening, which made seeing him in the clubhouse a relief for many.
“I think anything like sure does give you a lot of perspective on everything, everything is relative in terms of importance,” Renteria said in a video from Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Daryl Van Schouwen. “Everything has its place of importance and in this particular instance, just watching him, I’m sure these guys were very happy.”
Danny Farquhar was a clubhouse visitor today. Here’s Rick Renteria on latest uplifting development for the White Sox pitcher. pic.twitter.com/N3USKi2t0L
The White Sox haven’t offered much information on how Farquhar has progressed, but considering that cerebral aneurysms are fatal for 40 percent of the people who suffer them, and that more than half of the survivors suffer long-term disabilities, it appears Farquhar is doing quite well given what he was facing.
Tributes to White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar after hemorrhage
Tributes to White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar after hemorrhage
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 22: Hector Santiago #53 of the Chicago White Sox hugs Chris Volstad #66 of the Chicago White Sox as he carries the Jersey of Danny Farquhar #43 of the Chicago White Sox to the bullpen before the game against the Houston Astros on April 22, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago,Illinois. Farquhar was taken to the hospital after passing out in the dugout in a game on Friday. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 21: Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar's (not pictured) jersey is seen hanging in the outfield dugout during a game between the and the Houston Astros the Chicago White Sox on April 21, 2018, at Guaranteed Rate Field, in Chicago, IL. White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage in the dugout in last night's game after pitching an inning. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 22: The jersey of Danny Farquhar #43 of the Chicago White Sox hangs in the White Sox bullpen during the game against the Houston Astros on April 22, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Danny Farquhar
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 24: Fans are seen holding a sign that reads 'Praying for you #43 Danny Farquhar' during the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 24, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox player Adam Engel wears the initials and number of teammate Danny Farquhar on his hat before the start of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 24: The jersey of Chicago White Sox Danny Farquhar (43) hangs in the bullpen during the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 24, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 06: Brad Miller (13) of the Rays plays first base and on his hat he wears the word FARQ for former teammate Danny Farquhar who is recovering from a ruptured brain aneurysm during the MLB regular season game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays on May 06, 2018, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 28: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan covey (68) and Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez (38) come in from the bull pen as a jersey dedicated to White sox pitcher Danny Farquhar (43) hangs behind them before a MLB game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals on April 28, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO. The Royals won, 5-2. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 25: Members of the Chicago White Sox bullpen walk to the dugout with the jersey of Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain hemorrhage last week after pitching in a game, following a game against the Seattle Mariners at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mariners defeated the Whtie Sox 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 28: Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Hector Santiago (53) takes the jersey of ailing Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar (43) to the pull pen during a MLB game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals on April 28, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Will Farquhar ever pitch for the White Sox again?
Farquhar’s absolute No. 1 priority is his long-term health, so expect the pitcher, doctor and team to play his rehab timeline as safely as possible. The team has already ruled him out from pitching in any kind of competitive game during the 2018 season, but Dr. Lopes does expect Farquhar to be able to pitch again.
“I wouldn’t limit Danny to anything. The human body, the mind, the desire to do certain things, you can’t place a limit on the size of a man’s heart. He has a lot of drive,” Renteria said. “We’re just glad he’s out of the hospital now and recovering well. He still has to take it easy, from what I know, a couple more weeks. I wouldn’t put anything Danny in terms of what he may or may not be able to do moving forward.”