Liam Hendriks of the Chicago White Sox to receive treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks, a three-time MLB All-Star, announced Sunday that he will begin treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Monday.
The right-handed pitcher, who will celebrate his 34th birthday on February 10, took to his Instagram account to explain that he wanted to “share some personal health news that I learned in the last few days.” I left to share, and to do so on my own terms.”
Hendriks, who said he was recently diagnosed, said, “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 take up the fight and overcome this new challenge with the same determination I have used when there have been other obstacles in my life.”
The five-year survival rate for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 73.8%, according to the National Cancer Institute. Some forms are aggressive while others are slow growing.
Hendriks, who said his treatment will begin on Monday, said he was confident he would make a full recovery and be back on the mound as soon as possible.
“I know with the support of my wife, my family, my teammates and the Chicago White Sox organization, along with the treatment and care of my doctors, I will get through this.”
Hendriks, from Perth, Australia, has pitched in the majors for 12 seasons — the last two with the White Sox after signing as a free agent on Jan. 15, 2021. He began his career major leaguer with the Minnesota Twins in 2011 before being waived after the 2013 season.
After brief stints with the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, Hendriks signed with the Oakland Athletics in 2016, who turned him into a closer in 2019 when he made his first All-Star team. He made two more All-Star appearances as a member of the White Sox, where he recorded a career-high 38 saves in 2021 and 37 in 2022.
Chicago White Sox Senior Vice President and General Manager Rick Hahn said Sunday night that the organization is thinking first about “Liam the person, not Liam the football player” and that his -everyone from staff to teammates to fans “is rallying to support Liam and (wife) Kristi in the coming months.”
Hahn said the White Sox are hopeful Hendrihs will make it back to Chicago even though they “don’t expect to have any updates on Liam’s playing status before Opening Day as soon as possible.”
The White Sox will open the 2023 season in Houston on March 30 with a four-game set against the Astros before their April 3 home opener against the San Francisco Giants.
Hendriks has 115 saves and a 3.81 ERA over 12 seasons with Minnesota, Toronto, Kansas City, Oakland and Chicago.
Contributing: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: White Sox closer to Liam Hendriks undergoing cancer treatment