Danny Farquhar, New York Yankees
(Orlin Wagner, AP)

Danny Farquhar threw in a simulated game for the New York Yankees on Sunday, the reliever’s first live action since his brain hemorrhage.

Aaron Case

Less than a year after suffering a brain aneurysm, New York Yankees reliever Danny Farquhar is mowing down batters.

The 32-year-old took the field for a simulated game Sunday against non-roster invites Giovanny Urshela and Francisco Diaz.

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.

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“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.

Farquhar signed with the Yankees in January on a minor-league deal. In a seven-year MLB career, he’s posted a 3.93 ERA and 309 strikeouts in 272.1 innings.

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.

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