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Liam Hendriks missed the early stages of the 2023 season while recovering from treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Impressively, he returned to the White Sox bullpen in late May, though he was limited to just five appearances before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery. With the 34-year-old expected to miss the majority, if not all, of the 2024 season, Chicago declined its $15 million team option, thus making him a free-agent. Despite him being unavailable for the upcoming campaign, Hendriks still landed a multi-year deal with the Red Sox on the strength of his track record as a veteran closer with tremendous clubhouse impact.

Fantasy Stats

Year fpts
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
Innings Pitched
Base on Balls (Walk)
Earned Run Average
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
2024 0.00 0.00
2023 29.55.9 5.0 2 1 3 1 5.40 1.00
2022 402.56.9 57.7 4 4 37 85 16 2.81 1.04
3y Avg. 313.57.1 44.7 5 2 25 67 8 2.82 0.87

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  • Red Sox's Liam Hendriks: Progresses beyond flat ground

    Hendriks (elbow) threw fastballs and breaking balls off the front of the mound Thursday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Moving to any part of a mound represents another step forward in Hendriks' rehab from Tommy John surgery. The reliever had previously thrown off flat ground only.
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  • Red Sox's Liam Hendriks: Extends throwing program

    Hendriks (elbow) extended his throwing program out to 120 feet Monday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Hendriks also threw pitches off flat ground. He believes he's on track for a return roughly at the trade deadline, which would be about the one-year anniversary of the reliever's Tommy John surgery.
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  • Red Sox's Liam Hendriks: Throwing from 60 feet

    Hendriks (elbow) was spotted Monday playing catch from about 60 feet, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Hendriks is in the early stages of his throwing program after undergoing Tommy John surgery Aug. 2. The veteran reliever has stated that he hopes to be ready to make his Red Sox debut by late July, though the final month of the season may represent a more realistic target for Hendriks, assuming he navigates his throwing program without issue. Hendriks signed a two-year deal with Boston last week, with the organization bringing him aboard with the aim of having him being a more impactful contributor out of the bullpen in 2025.
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  • Red Sox's Liam Hendriks: Agrees to two-year deal with Boston

    Hendriks (elbow) signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Red Sox on Monday, Jen McCaffery and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report. The deal includes a mutual option for 2026. Hendriks is recovering from Tommy John surgery which he had last August. He is hoping to return around midseason, although that timeline seems a tad optimistic. This is mostly a play for 2025, with the Red Sox hoping Hendriks can rediscover the form that made him a three-time All-Star. Hendriks turned 35 earlier this month.
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  • Liam Hendriks: Hoping to sign soon

    Hendriks (elbow) holds multiple contract offers and has set a Thursday deadline for signing with a team, but he'll otherwise hold a throwing showcase in late July if he doesn't receive an offer to his liking, Jeff Passan of reports. Regardless of whether he signs with a team this week or at some point after he holds the planned showcase, Hendriks is unlikely to be ready to pitch in MLB games until the final two months of the regular season after he underwent Tommy John surgery Aug. 2 of last year. The major elbow injury was another tough break on the health front for the veteran reliever, who missed most of the first two months of last season while recovering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Even before he developed the elbow injury, Hendriks' velocity was down a couple ticks from 2022 and he had struggled with command in his limited MLB and minor-league rehab appearances, so the three-time All-Star may not be viewed as a viable closing candidate for his next team as he heads into his age-35 season.
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  • Liam Hendriks: Team option declined

    Hendriks (elbow) had his $15 million team option for 2024 declined by the White Sox on Friday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports. The White Sox still owe $15 million to Hendriks, and they have opted to pay him annual installments of $1.5 million through 2033. The 34-year-old reliever missed the early stages of the season while recovering from treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and he is set to miss the vast majority of the 2024 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. Despite his unavailability for the coming campaign, Hendriks could still attract a two-year deal in free agency.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Transferred to 60-day IL

    Hendriks (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Thursday, Vinnie Duber of reports. To create room on the 40-man roster, the White Sox placed Hendricks on the 60-day injured list. The closer recently underwent Tommy John surgery, so he is sidelined until late in the 2024 season. In a corresponding move, the White Sox claimed reliever Deivi Garcia off waivers from the Yankees.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Hendriks (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Scott Merkin of reports. At last check, Hendriks was taking encouraging steps forward in his recovery from a bout of right elbow inflammation, but something must have gone wrong in a recent throwing session. The veteran reliever made a triumphant return earlier this season after he recovered non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but he wound up appearing in only five games for the White Sox and will now be sidelined until at least late 2024.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Touches 93.8 mph in sim game

    White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said Thursday that Hendriks (elbow) peaked at 93.8 mph in his simulated game Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Grifol said that Hendriks' velocity was "up" in the session, which must have been in reference to a bullpen session over the weekend considering the reliever has averaged 95.4 mph in his five appearances with the White Sox this season. The skipper wasn't sure what was next for Hendriks, saying the pitcher will "go in and talk to the trainers and we'll see what our next step is going to be." Hendriks has been out since early June with right elbow inflammation.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Throwing sim game Wednesday

    Hendriks (elbow) will throw a simulated game Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. After being cleared to throw June 27, Hendriks will advance to the next step in his recovery process Wednesday. Assuming all goes well during his sim game, the 34-year-old closer will presumably embark on a rehab assignment before returning to Chicago's bullpen. Hendriks has pitched just five innings this season, surrendering three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three batters.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Cleared for throwing

    Hendriks (elbow) is scheduled to play catch Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It will be his first throwing of any kind since he was placed on the injured list June 11 with right elbow inflammation. Hendriks could perhaps be ready to return to the White Sox shortly after the All-Star break if he is able to avoid setbacks, but there is no official timetable yet. He's made only five appearances in the majors this year, mostly due to an offseason diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Out through All-Star break

    Manager Pedro Grifol said Sunday that Hendriks (elbow) won't return from the 15-day injured list before the All-Star break, which runs July 10-13, Vinnie Duber of reports. The 34-year-old received both cortisone and platelet-rich-plasma injections shortly after he landed on the shelf June 11 with right elbow inflammation, and he's still more than a couple weeks away from his return. GM Rick Hahn said last Monday he was hoping Hendriks would begin throwing within the next week or so, but it's unclear at this point if the right-hander has started up his throwing program.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Hopes to throw within a week

    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Monday that he's hopeful Hendriks (elbow) can resume a throwing program within the next week or so, Vinnie Duber of reports. Hendriks has been given both a cortisone shot and a platelet-rich plasma injection in hopes that they will help speed along the healing process as he works his way back from right elbow inflammation. He'll need to go through a throwing progression and is presumably still multiple weeks away from a return.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Evaluation coming Tuesday

    General manager Rick Hahn said that Hendricks (elbow), whom the White Sox placed on the 15-day injured list Sunday, will undergo further evaluation before the team provides an update on his status Tuesday, Rob Schaefer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The White Sox attributed Hendriks' placement on the IL to right elbow inflammation, but Hahn suggested that the closer is dealing with symptoms similar to the flexor strain that cost him approximately three weeks of action during the 2022 season. Hendriks' upcoming tests should help the White Sox pinpoint a more precise diagnosis, which will provide a clearer timeline for his recovery. Given Hendriks' recent history with forearm/elbow issues, fantasy managers should probably expect him to miss beyond the minimum 15 days, potentially opening the door for Kendall Graveman or Joe Kelly to see some save opportunities.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Placed on IL with elbow issue

    Chicago placed Hendriks on the 15-day injured list Sunday with right elbow inflammation, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Hendricks will miss at least two weeks while he recovers from the injury, although elbow injuries to pitchers often require a longer stay on the IL than that minimum amount of time. The right-hander has registered a 5.40 ERA with one save over five appearances since returning to the White Sox after completing treatment for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Tanner Banks was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to replace Hendriks on the 26-man active roster, but it's likely that Kendall Graveman and Joe Kelly see most of the save chances for the White Sox while Hendriks is on the IL.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Nabs first win

    Hendriks (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning without allowing a baserunner to earn the win Friday against the Marlins. Hendriks entered the game with the score tied in the ninth inning and set down the Marlins in order. Given the White Sox were playing at home, his usage suggests that he was being treated as the team's closer. In addition, Kendall Graveman pitched the eighth inning, and he appears to be Hendriks' top competition for saves. The White Sox could use a committee in the ninth frame for the time being to ease Hendriks back into action, but it certainly appears that he's trending toward a majority of the save chances moving forward.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Earns win Sunday

    Hendriks (1-0) pitched a perfect inning and struck out two, earning the win Sunday over the Tigers. Hendriks had some trouble in his season debut, but he's pitched perfect innings on consecutive days during the weekend series against Detroit. The 34-year-old appears to be settling in, and his usage in the ninth inning of a 2-2 game Sunday is a strong sign for him getting into high-leverage spots. He remains in search of his first save after returning from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hendriks will likely remain in a closer committee for a while longer -- Kendall Graveman and Joe Kelly are also part of the White Sox's late-inning mix.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Shaky in season debut

    Hendriks (illness) allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk while pitching the eighth inning of Monday's 6-4 loss to the Angels. After being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in January and requiring multiple months of chemotherapy, Hendriks was cleared to return from the 15-day injured list Monday for his 2023 season debut. Since Hendriks wasn't particularly sharp over his six rehab appearances prior to being activated -- he gave up six earned runs in five innings -- White Sox manager Pedro Grifol elected to ease the veteran closer back into the mix in a non-save situation Monday. Hendriks entered the contest with the White Sox trailing 4-3 and received a rousing ovation from the home crowd, but he wasn't able to execute during his time on the mound. He needed 27 pitches just to record three outs and threw just 16 strikes. Though the White Sox likely envision Hendriks eventually reclaiming full-time closing duties, Kendall Graveman and Joe Kelly could both still be in the mix for save chances in the short term while Hendriks attempts to regain form following a lengthy layoff from game action.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Possible waiver wire pickups

    So we know Liam Hendriks will be back Monday. We don't know exactly when he'll step back into the closer role. We also don't know whether his cancer battle has impacted his athletic ability. He was shaky on his minor-league rehab assignment, such that the White Sox opted to pull the plug and have him throw three simulated games instead. His velocity reportedly ticked up in those simulated games, but we don't have any specifics. Still, if they're ready to activate him, optimism is warranted, and Hendriks was shaping up to be one of the first five relievers drafted before his diagnosis. While questions remain, he has a chance to be a better closer than you'd ever dream of finding on the waiver wire, making him worth adding even in the shallowest leagues.
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  • White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Throws live batting practice

    Hendriks (illness) threw a successful round of live batting practice Friday in Detroit, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "His numbers were really good," manager Pedro Grifol said of Hendriks' velocity readings during the workout. "He ticked up from [his last session in] Cleveland. Really good step in the right direction." The veteran closer now has three live batting practice sessions under his belt since a mostly underwhelming six-appearance rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte. Recovered from an offseason diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hendriks could make a triumphant return to the White Sox bullpen at some point this weekend.
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