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Danny Farquhar to remain in hospital for three weeks

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As you no doubt heard, White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar was rushed to the hospital with a brain hemorrhage on Friday. He underwent brain surgery Saturday night to relieve swelling and remained in the ICU unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago as of yesterday. He’s in critical, but stable condition.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Farquhar is expected to remain in the hospital for at least the next three weeks. His family is by his side and Nightengale describes them as “shaken, but cautiously optimistic.”

Nightengale notes that former big leaguers John Olerud and Kent Mercker suffered hemorrhages, Olerud as a college player, Mercker while a big leaguer, and each continued to play. It’s obviously far too early to know whether Farquhar will ever play again and that’s not the most important thing to him right now, of course.

On Saturday and Sunday  the White Sox hung his jersey up in the bullpen and many wrote his number and initials on their caps.

Best wishes for a speedy and successful recovery.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.