Friday’s Astros-White Sox game took a suddenly tragic turn in the sixth inning when Chicago reliever Danny Farquhar vomited and collapsed in the dugout. He was rushed to a local hospital, where tests confirmed that he’d suffered a brain hemorrhage and was in stable but critical condition. A few days later, Farquhar’s condition has not changed. White Sox VP Ken Williams told USA Today that the pitcher required another surgery Saturday to relieve swelling around the brain:
“He’s a fighter, and he’s in the fight of his life right now,” Chicago White Sox vice president Ken Williams said. “They had to do another surgery, cracking his skull open, and putting a clamp on it. My God.”
“This certainly shows the fragility of life and how we take every day for granted. And it can change in a heartbeat. Literally.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, White Sox manager Rick Renteria tried to keep Farquhar upright as he received medical attention:
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said his players saw Farquhar vomit in the dugout. Sox pitching coach Don Cooper called it “shocking” when Farquhar lost consciousness, and Renteria said he attempted to keep Farquhar from falling over until trainers and emergency medical technicians quickly surrounded Farquhar, carried him into the clubhouse and loaded him into an ambulance bound for the hospital.
“It crushes us in this clubhouse,” Farquhar’s teammate James Shields told the Tribune. “And nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens, you know?
Farquhar is currently in the ICU at Rush University Medical Center, and will be closely monitored there by neurosurgeons for at least the next three weeks.