Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain hemorrhage during a game while pitching for the Chicago White Sox more than a year ago, announced his retirement from baseball on his Instagram page on Thursday.
“As a 32 year old kid, I am closing a chapter much sooner than anticipated,” Farquhar wrote. “But I am proud of the perseverance I have had, overcoming obstacles through every season, and can ultimately hang up my cleats knowing I left all I had on the field that I love.”
Farquhar, who was released by the Yankees in June after signing a minor-league deal five months earlier in hopes of a comeback, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he will begin a job with the White Sox as a pitching instructor in the minor leagues.
The right-handed reliever did not make the Yankees out of spring training, appearing in two brief outings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
But Farquhar sounded appreciative of merely coming back to pitch again at all after he collapsed in the dugout between innings during his relief appearance with Chicago on April 20, 2018, because of a brain hemorrhage that was attributed to a ruptured aneurysm.
He was raced to a Chicago hospital, where urgent surgery saved his life. He remained in the hospital for over two weeks and was sidelined the rest of the season.
The Yankees provided Farquhar a chance to get back on the mound, even helping the pitcher customize a cap with protective padding to guard the skull area where he had surgery.
“It’s hard to kind of like really, truly, put it out there for people” what the last 15 months have been like, Farquhar said in the Sun-Times. “I definitely have a greater appreciation for just how short our life is and how quickly things can come to an end.”
Farquhar, who pitched in seven big-league seasons, was 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 253 career relief appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays (2011), Seattle Mariners (2013-15), Tampa Bay Rays (2016-17) and White Sox (2017-18).
He had a career-high 16 saves with Seattle in 2013, and the following season produced a 2.66 ERA in 66 appearances with 81 strikeouts in 71 innings.
The Sun-Times reported that next week Farquhar will join the Double-A Birmingham Barons, managed by long-time big league shortstop Omar Vizquel.