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Farquhar seen by ex-teammates LoMo, Odorizzi

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CHICAGO -- Minnesota designated hitter Logan Morrison and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi visited Danny Farquhar at RUSH University Medical Center on Friday morning, where the White Sox reliever has been recovering from surgery for a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

According to Morrison, the visit lasted about two hours. Farquhar joked to his former Rays teammates about not believing the White Sox put him on the 60-day disabled list, demonstrating a desire to pitch as part of his recovery.

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CHICAGO -- Minnesota designated hitter Logan Morrison and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi visited Danny Farquhar at RUSH University Medical Center on Friday morning, where the White Sox reliever has been recovering from surgery for a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

According to Morrison, the visit lasted about two hours. Farquhar joked to his former Rays teammates about not believing the White Sox put him on the 60-day disabled list, demonstrating a desire to pitch as part of his recovery.

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"I told him to take the summer and relax and have a good time in Chicago, but that ain't him," Morrison said. "He wants to get out there."

"We're just like, 'Just enjoy your family, enjoy your kids. Don't worry about June, whatever the day it is that you can't pitch before,'" Odorizzi said. "I don't want to speak for him, but he seemed pretty optimistic that he was going to be able to pitch again. The doctors kind of said the same thing, but at the same time, he's had to take it day by day."

Farquhar, 31, suffered the aneurysm after pitching against Houston on April 20 and then collapsing in the White Sox dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox have provided periodic updates on Farquhar from his family, and they have paid tribute to Farquhar with his name and number written on their hats, his jersey hanging in the bullpen and wearing 'Pray for 43' T-shirts.

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"He's moving along well," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I have not visited him, but we just know that things are moving along in a positive manner."

Morrison and Odorizzi didn't know they would be able to visit Farquhar until Friday morning. Farquhar was excited to see them, said Morrison, and they spent a few hours putting life in perspective, as well as baseball and friendship.

"Everything out of that situation couldn't have unfolded better from what we saw today," Odorizzi said. "It was the normal Farquhar with just a scar on his head. You take the scar away, he's the same guy he's always been, so a pretty miraculous turnaround, considering it's been two weeks."

"He loves to play the game. He loves to pitch," Morrison said. "If he's able to, he'll be the guy who does it, for sure. Nothing's going to stop him from doing that, so I think if he's able to get off the mound and throw again it would be awesome for him to break my bat, for sure, and get me out."

Santiago to start
Hector Santiago knows he's starting Saturday against the Twins, but doesn't know anything about his role beyond. With left-hander Jace Fry coming up from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday and joining fellow southpaws Luis Avilan and Aaron Bummer in the bullpen, Santiago would seem to have the starting spot until Miguel Gonzalez returns healthy or Michael Kopech gets called up.

• Kopech fine tuning things before potential callup

But the White Sox also could go by matchups with the fifth starter's spot. Santiago is ready to go 100 pitches against the Twins, after throwing 86 against the Royals in a start last Sunday.

He said it
"I've been able to stay healthy. Last year, I wasn't completely healthy and this year I'm in better shape, and thank God I'm healthy." -- Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, the White Sox co-Minor League Player of the Month for April with catcher Seby Zavala, on his great start to the 2018 season through interpreter Billy Russo

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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