Danny Farquhar is back with the White Sox.
The former big league reliever suffered a brain aneurysm in the home dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field last season and amazed everyone when he returned to throw out a ceremonial first pitch shortly thereafter. But the amazement didn't end there, as Farquhar embarked on his journey to pitch in the big leagues again. That never happened, though he did get a shot with the New York Yankees this season, going to spring training and making two appearances with their Triple-A affiliate.
That was amazing enough.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced Wednesday that Farquhar had rejoined the organization as a minor league pitching instructor, adding more good feelings to Farquhar's story a little more than a year after he was taken away in an ambulance.
"It’s a very special opportunity I’ve been given to continue my coaching career," Farquhar said during a teleconference Thursday. "I’m really excited for it. It’s one of those things where they are letting me dip my foot in the water in 2019. They are going to send me to Birmingham to learn from (manager Omar Vizquel) and (pitching coach Richard Dotson) and all the other coaches out there, just to see what the other side is about.
"I want to get my foot in the door and see what I like to do, and it almost seems like they are very open to my feelings on the coaching side and so it’s a great working relationship we have.
"I have nothing but good things to say about (the White Sox). That’s one of the reasons why I reached out to them for a coaching opportunity. I loved my time there. I loved how they treated me through my injury. I loved even in the offseason when they chose not to renew my contract, it’s a business, I completely understand it. And I love them for it and I’m happy to be back."
Farquhar said he reached out to Hahn about an opportunity and ended up talking to members of the White Sox player-development staff to get his assignment. He'll make his debut as "Coach Farquhar" next week at Double-A Birmingham.
Farquhar might not be continuing his career as a big league pitcher, though the fact he made it as far as he did remains incredible. He explained that he's at peace with how everything played out in the wake of what he refers to as his "injury."
"Yes. I'm completely at peace," he said. "The injury affected me more than I was willing to accept. It's one of those where I never want to be like, 'Oh, you can't do this.' I want to push through.
"Honestly, it all came to me when I got to Triple-A and I was watching the guys throw, and they were really really good, throwing really really hard. That's when I realized how far behind I was. I put a year-plus into work, busted my butt hard to get to that point, and I was really far behind.
"When the Yankees released me, at that point we drove across the country from Scranton to California, you have a lot of time to reflect and you realize it's time to move on and move on to the next stage in my career, which I've been talking about it's something I've wanted to do for some time now."Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.