Yankees' RHP Danny Farquhar returns to field with protective cap
New York Yankees relief pitcher Danny Farquhar debuted a custom cap Thursday that includes head protection, nearly 10 months after suffering a brain hemorrhage during a game, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported.
Then with the Chicago White Sox, Farquhar collapsed in the dugout between innings during his relief appearance last April 20. The brain hemorrhage was attributed to a ruptured aneurysm.
Farquhar had surgery at a Chicago hospital and was sidelined the rest of the season.
The Yankees signed the pitcher, who turns 32 on Sunday, to a minor league contract in January. He is with the team at spring training in Tampa, Fla.
On the field, he will wear a specially designed protective padding that fits inside his cap. The gear weighs 6 ounces and is made by Unequal Technologies. It consists of an insert and an outer flap similar to a batting helmet.
"The Yankees contacted us to design something to meet with the approval of his neurologist," Unequal CEO Rob Vito told ESPN. "What we made protects his temple and the skull area where he had surgery."
Farquhar, who has made relief appearances in 253 games with four teams since 2011, said he is grateful to be back on the field.
"Every time I step on a big league mound it's pretty awesome," Farquhar said, per ABC. "And I can't wait for that moment."
"I was devastated that I wasn't going to be able to play. Little did I know I wasn't even thinking, 'Hey, man, your life just got saved by some doctors, and you're lucky to be alive.'"