White Sox close in on Liam Hendriks about starting cancer treatment after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

White Sox close in on Liam Hendriks about starting cancer treatment after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

White Sox close in on Liam Hendriks about starting cancer treatment after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks announced on his Instagram account Sunday night that he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The White Sox have since confirmed the news on Twitter. Hendriks is expected to start his treatment regiment on Monday.

Hendriks, who turned 34 on February 10, wrote the following in a series of slides accompanying his Instagram announcement:

As a professional athlete, I have always sought to use my public position in the most positive way possible by raising awareness of causes or issues that affect me, my wife and my family. With that in mind, I want to share some personal health news I’ve learned over the past few days, and on my own terms.

I was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hearing the word “cancer” came as a shock to my wife and I, as it does to millions of families each year. However, I am determined to take on the fight and face this new challenge with the same determination I have used to face other obstacles in my life.

My treatment starts tomorrow and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back on the hill as soon as possible. I know that with the support of my wife, family, teammates, the Chicago White Sox organization, and the treatment and care of my doctors, I will get through this.

The Cleveland Clinic describes non-Hodgkin lymphoma as “a group of blood cancers that develop in your lymphatic system” and notes that it’s the sixth most common cancer found in men and people identified as male at birth will. The National Cancer Institute estimated that in 2022 there would be more than 80,000 new diagnoses of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, about four percent of all cancer cases.

While Hendrik’s baseball career is a trivial matter given the circumstances, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement that the team does not expect “to have any updates on Liam’s game status until before Opening Day at the earliest.”

Here’s the rest of Hahn’s statement, as shared by The Athletic’s James Fegan:

Our thoughts and reactions at this point are for Liam as a person, not Liam the baseball player. I know that the entire Chicago White Sox organization, our staff, his teammates and certainly White Sox fans will be rallying in support of Liam and Kristi in the months to come. Knowing everyone involved, especially Liam, we’re optimistic he’ll be running 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.

Hendriks has played in 12 big league seasons and has a 3.81 ERA (109 ERA+) and a 4.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 115 saves. He is a three-time All-Star and a two-time winner of the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award.

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