For the first time since April 20, White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar will throw a baseball Friday.
The moment will mark an extraordinary feat for the 31-year-old baseball player who collapsed in the dugout and ended up hospitalized, having suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm.
“It's going to be definitely weird, you know, especially with the fans in the stands and the good thing is I'm going to have my wife by my side and my kids are going to be out there and the whole doctors crews is going to be out there as well,” he told TODAY on Thursday, speaking for the first time since the terrifying scene unfolded on the field.
There was a time when Farquhar’s life and pitching career appeared in jeopardy. He was taken from Guaranteed Rate Field to Rush University Medical Center in critical condition.
“We spent the first 17 nights in ICU,” he said.
But just a few weeks after the dramatic ordeal, the pitcher left the hospital on strict doctor’s orders to take it easy.
“A week into that I told them, ‘I need to see a doctor so I can get a pass to go start working out. I can't sit around all day’” he said. “And so we got the physical done, and I only was out for a week.”
Farquhar’s doctors say he should be able to pitch again one day, but will not be medically released to pitch in a competitive game during the 2018 season.
But fans will undoubtedly be pleased to see the beloved player back on the field for what is set to be one heck of a comeback.