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Rays thoughts are with ex-teammate Danny Farquhar

Danny Farquhar pitched for the Rays in 2016-17. [Times files]
Danny Farquhar pitched for the Rays in 2016-17. [Times files]
Published Apr. 22, 2018

Members of the Rays organization sent their thoughts and prayers to former teammate Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized Saturday night in Chicago in stable but critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

Farquhar, who pitched for the Rays in 2016-17, is with the White Sox and was in the dugout when he collapsed.

"Danny Farquhar, the Farquhar family, the Rays' thoughts, prayers, a lot of positive thoughts going that way," Rays manager Kevin Cash said in opening his post-game media session Saturday.

"It's not good news. He played for us for two years, we support him. Can't imagine what the White Sox are going through. But most importantly his wife, his children, his extended family. And especially Danny. A lot of thoughts going his way, and hope for good news to come in the coming days."

INF Brad Miller, who played with Farquhar in Seattle and Tampa Bay, said he thinks of Farquhar, 31, first as a family man.

"The first thing I thought of was just how good of a father he is," Miller said. "Obviously a great teammate; I played with him forever.  But he's got three little kids, and they were his world. So really just thinking about him like that.

"I've gotten a bunch of texts from guys that we've been playing with – Logan (Morrison), Jake Odorizzi, Richie Shaffer, guys like that. Everybody is just in shock, and can't believe it. Everybody is thinking about him and want him to pull through. … Hopefully we get some good news soon."

Farquhar was always somewhat loud and lighthearted in the clubhouse. "100 percent," Miller said. "But when he was on the mound he thinks he's 7-foot tall, he just goes right at guys."

Farquhar appeared in 35 games for the Rays in 2016, and 32 at Triple-A Durham, after being acquired from Seattle with Miller and Morrison in Nov. 5, 2015, for Nate Karns, Boog Powell and C.J. Riefenhauser. He pitched in 37 more in 2017 for the Rays before being released on  July 20. He signed with the White Sox a few days later, and rejoined them for this season.

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