NEW YORK -- Danny Farquhar's inspirational recovery from a brain hemorrhage is complete, and the right-hander will have the opportunity to return to the mound this coming season as he agreed to a Minor League contract with the Yankees on Monday, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.The Yankees have not
NEW YORK -- Danny Farquhar's inspirational recovery from a brain hemorrhage is complete, and the right-hander will have the opportunity to return to the mound this coming season as he agreed to a Minor League contract with the Yankees on Monday, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.
The Yankees have not formally announced the signing of Farquhar, who has been cleared for baseball activities and was going through his normal offseason throwing program at his California home with the expectation of pitching again in the Majors.
On April 20, Farquhar was pitching for the White Sox against the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field when he collapsed in the home dugout. White Sox medical personnel and emergency responders treated the hurler, who had sustained a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.
He spent more than two weeks at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, then returned to the ballpark three times after his May 7 discharge, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch on June 1.
Farquhar received clearance to resume baseball activities in June, and told MLB.com in November that giving his skull additional time to heal was the only thing that held him back from returning late in the 2018 season.
"I felt like I could have faced big league batters and been just fine," Farquhar said. "I actually had some pretty positive doctors that believed in me. ... They saw my drive the whole way. They thought for sure I'd be back on the field, and now I just have to wait for 2019 for that to happen."
Farquhar turns 32 in February and owns a 3.93 ERA in 253 appearances across seven big league seasons with the Blue Jays, Mariners, Rays and White Sox from 2011-18. In 272 1/3 innings, Farquhar has allowed 237 hits with 106 walks and 309 strikeouts.
This will mark Farquhar's second tour in the Yankees' organization. He was selected off waivers from the Athletics in June 2012, spending less than a month in the system before being packaged to the Mariners with pitcher D.J. Mitchell in exchange for outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.