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Elephant Rumblings: Liam Hendriks diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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It’s Monday, Athletics Nation.

Yesterday brought sad news, as three-time All-Star, former Oakland Athletic, and all-around great guy Liam Hendriks announced via Instagram that he will begin treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma today.

Hendriks’ announcement prompted a widespread outpouring of support from the baseball community.

No information has been disclosed as to the stage of disease or what Hendriks’ specific course of treatment or prognosis may be, but Liam expressed determination and conveyed a positive spirit in making his announcement. In affirming the team’s support for Hendriks, White Sox president and general manager Rick Hahn stated that there will be no update on their star closer’s playing status until opening day “at the earliest.”

Hendriks is one of the A’s greatest pitching success stories in recent years. He went from being designated for assignment a fifth time in 2018 to emerging as one of baseball’s best relievers just a year later. Hendriks was lights out for the A’s in 2019 and 2020, posting a sub- 2.00 ERA both seasons. He signed with the White Sox as a free agent ahead of the 2021 season, and has led the AL with 75 saves while in Chicago.

Hendriks has been active in promoting and supporting charitable causes. LaMond Pope at the Chicago Tribune reported that Liam and his wife Kristi donated meals to Chicago’s first responders shortly after arriving in the Windy City. Near to my heart, the Hendriks are animal lovers who have supported welfare organizations such as Remember Me Thursday.

Athletics Nation would like to express heartfelt support to Liam Hendriks and his family, and wish him a full and speedy recovery. For more information on Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and efforts to fight the disease, visit the American Cancer Society.

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