Chicago White Sox’s Liam Hendriks celebrates first victory after cancer remission

Recently returned to the game after his remission from cancer, the thrower of White Sox de Chicago Liam Hendrix was able to savor his first victory of the 2023 season on Sunday afternoon.

It all comes as the United States celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day on June 4.

The Sox made it big against the Tigers of Detroitwhile a grand slam of Jake Burger in the bottom of the ninth inning made it 6-2, ending the game.

Taken to the mound to start the ninth inning, Hendriks had a clean inning, getting the required narrow outs, including two on strikes.

One of Hendriks’ three successful strikeouts was his 200th as a member of the White Sox, walking only 24.

Last January, he had revealed to be suffering from a cancer of the lymphatic system, therefore non-Hodgikien. He announced that he was in remission at the end of April, after completing his chemotherapy treatments.

The Australian native also played for the Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals before moving to Chicago.

Hendriks, a 34-year-old right-handed reliever, made his return to the roster on May 29, to cheers from the crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Despite a dismal start to the season vis-à-vis expectations based on their club, the Sox (26-35) are only five and a half games from first place in the poor Central Division.

Chicago also swept the series of three clashes against Detroit (26-31).

Elsewhere in Major League Baseball:

St. Louis 1 – Pittsburgh 2
Andrew Kninzer hit a home run for the Cards.
PIT : Rich Hill, 43, had his longest outing of the season pitching 6.2 innings and giving up just 4 hits. The Pirates swept the Cards.

Milwaukee 5 – Cincinnati 1
Andruw Monasterio hit a three-run homer, his first of his career, as Victor Caratini hit a solo home run.
CIN : Jake Fraley hit his 7th circuit of the season.

Philadelphia 11- Washington 3
Kyle Schwarber hit two three-run homers. Drew Ellis completed two home runs. J.T. Realmuto homered in a second straight game.
WAS : Ildemaro Vargas homered.

Tampa Bay 6 – Boston 2
TB  :
Josh Lowe, Luke Raley et Yandy Diaz had two hits apiece for the Rays (42-19), who are 6-1 against Boston this season.
BOS : Tanner Houck (3-5) gave up four runs on five hits with six strikeouts in five innings.

Oakland 5 – Miami 7
The A’s have lost their last 14 road games and have the worst major league record on the road (12-49).
MIA : Garrett Cooper hit his sixth homer of the season.

LA Angels 2 – Houston 1
Shohei Ohtani broke the tie in the 8th with a single. Luis Rengifo hit a home run. Alex Bregman extended his streak with at least one hit to eleven.
NEW: The Astros have won three of four games in this series.

Cleveland 2 – Minnesota
Triston McKenzie had ten strikeouts in five innings in his first start of the season.
MIN : Willi Castro hit a solo home run.

Colorado 0 – Kansas City
The rookie starter Kyle Freeland (4-7) retired the first 13 batters he faced.
KC  : Brady Singer (4-4) gave up just five singles in 5.2 innings of work. Michael Massey hit a home run.

Seattle 3 – Texas 12
Bryce Miller gave up seven earned runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings.
TEX : Jonah Heim hit his 7th homer of the season and drove in five runs. Corey Seager also hit a home run.

Baltimore 8 –  San Francisco 3
James McCann hit a home run. Josh Lester drove in two runs on his first career hit.
SF  : Blake Sabol was the author of his 7th home run of the season.

Atlanta 8 – Arizona 5
Eddie Rosario got a grand slam Ozzie Albies hit four hits including a home run.
ARI : Corbin Carroll et Marte Kettle were the authors of one circuit each.

Chicago Cubs 7 – San Diego 1
Marcus Stroman shut out his rivals in six innings of work.
SD  : Ryan Weahters got off to a horrible start with five runs and seven hits in one and two-thirds innings.

NY Yankees 4 – LA Dodgers
Anthony Volpe drove in two runs with a homer in the ninth inning.
LAD : Bobby Miller shut out the Yankees in six innings and struck out seven batters.