The veteran right-hander announced the news via his Instagram.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 9, 2023
“Hearing the word ‘Cancer’ came as a shock to my wife and I, as it does to millions of families each year,” said Hendriks. “However, I am resolved to embrace the fight and overcome this new challenge with the same determination I have used when facing other obstacles in my life.”
Hendriks then expressed his gratitude for the support of his family, the White Sox organization, teammates, and doctors as he begins his treatment.
Hendriks has always been a popular figure in Major League Baseball.
The right-hander has been one of the most dominant relievers in the league since his arrival in 2011 with the Minnesota Twins.
The 33-year-old has earned three All-Star selections and two AL Reliever of the Year Awards.
Hendriks owns a career 3.81 ERA over his 12 seasons in the big leagues.
Now, he prepares to face one of the greatest challenges of his life as he begins his cancer treatment.
This was certainly some tough news for baseball fans to hear.
The right-hander is one of baseball’s most beloved players.
But we can only hope that he and his family can find strength and peace in such a difficult time.
Hendriks will obviously be out until the cancer in remission, but hopefully with the support of the entire baseball community, the right-hander can rally and ultimately overcome this challenge.