BASEBALL pitcher Liam Hendriks underwent cancer treatment to play again this year but is now sidelined for the season with another injury.
The 34-year-old MLB flamethrower fought back to get back into the game after missing time on his cancer treatments – the year lasted just five games on the mound after suffering a new injury.
Hendriks returned to the Majors in late May, just four months after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
During the offseason, he underwent chemotherapy, completed his final round and announced in late April that he was cancer-free.
The former MLB Allstar quickly got back to work and began a rehab stint a few weeks later.
After a few minor league appearances, Hendriks made his season debut on May 29 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Fans gave him a standing ovation and shouted his name as he took the hill.
However, on Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox announced that Hendriks has undergone surgery by Tommy John to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
His fastball speed was significantly slower compared to previous years.
Hendriks has been on the injury list since June 9, but that effectively marks the end of his season.
Tommy John’s recovery time is around 12-14 months, so Hendriks is likely to be out until next season.
In his five appearances this season, Hendriks posted an unusual 5.40 ERA.
He signed a three-year contract with Chicago for the 2021 season, but the White Sox also have a team option if they want to fire him.