Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendricks (34) is coming back after overcoming cancer.
MLB.com released a video of Hendrix’s return to Chicago on the 29th (Korean time). Hendrix will be registered on the entry ahead of the match against the Los Angeles Angels starting on the 30th.
Hendrix, who recorded 31 wins, 34 losses, 115 saves, and an average ERA of 3.81 in 471 games (645 innings) in 12 seasons in the major leagues, has been active as the league’s leading closer since taking over as a closer in 2019. Last year, he played 58 games and 57⅔ innings, going 4-4 with 37 saves and an earned run average of 2.81.메이저놀이터
But ahead of this season, the disease came. Last January he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a malignant tumor resulting from malignant transformation of lymphoid tissue cells and is a type of blood cancer. Unlike Hodgkin’s lymphoma, it was a cancer with a low cure rate and many recurrences, so it was a big shock in many ways.
For this reason, he was scheduled to participate as the Australian national team in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March, but was canceled due to his battle with cancer.
Afterwards, he underwent chemotherapy and was declared cured at the end of April.
Since May he has been on the mound again. He pitched in six games in minor league Triple-A, posting a 10.80 earned run average with one hold in five innings. This is how his rehab was completed. After that, he digested 3 live pitches.
The Chicago bullpen has a 2.35 ERA in the last 14 games. Of these, 10 games were scoreless and 4 games were no-hit games, minimizing Hendrix’s gap.
Now the closer is back. The Chicago bullpen is expected to become more solid.