April 22, 2018 / 3:13 AM / 4 months ago

White Sox struggle in wake of Farquhar brain hemorrhage

(Reuters) - The Chicago White Sox lost 10-1 to the Houston Astros on Saturday but matters on the field took a backseat to concerns about their reliever Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain hemorrhage a day earlier.

Apr 20, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar (43) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Farquhar, 31, collapsed in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros after facing four batters. He is in a Chicago hospital in critical but stable condition.

The White Sox said tests had revealed a ruptured aneurysm.

Mar 31, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar (43) throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox starter James Shields told reporters prior to the game on Saturday the players were all suffering.

“It crushes us in this clubhouse, and nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens,” he said. “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. We hope everything goes well.”

Farquhar is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in eight appearances this season.

“He’s alive, he’s got a chance and that’s what I’m hanging on to,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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