Danny Farquhar threw in a simulated game for the New York Yankees on Sunday, the reliever’s first live action since his brain hemorrhage.
Danny Farquhar goes K, F9, BB, K in a sim game his wife and kids were in the stands for. Here’s the last pitch of his sim game that he called a step in a “positive direction.” pic.twitter.com/8ouToEMYnR
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) February 24, 2019
Farquhar’s wife and three children provided moral support from the stands.
“I saw them while I was warming up,” he told the AP’s Mark Didtler. “We talked about it. I told them I wanted them to be in the stands. Just to see my family, my kids so happy and just enjoying themselves, it gives me that extra boost of energy.”
The former Chicago White Sox hurler used that energy to induce two strikeouts and a flyout on 19 pitches. The only blemish on his stat line was a walk to Urshela.
“Extraordinarily successful being the fact that I wasn’t thinking about anything besides striking everybody out,” Farquhar told Didtler. “I wasn’t thinking about my helmet hat, I wasn’t thinking about anything else. My focus was what it’s been in the past. Just create swings and misses. That’s what I call normal.”
The Bombers are already two games into their spring schedule, but the right-hander’s next action will be another simulated contest.
His best year was 2014, when he put up a 2.66 ERA and 16 saves. The Yankees hope Farquhar can regain that form and make the team as the 13th pitcher on the staff.