White Sox’ Liam Hendriks to receive Jimmy V Award

Hendriks, who came back to pitch this season after undergoing treatment for cancer, will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance during the 2023 ESPY Awards.

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White Sox closer Liam Hendriks will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance during the 2023 ESPY Awards.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — White Sox closer Liam Hendriks, who came back to pitch this season after undergoing treatment for cancer, will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance during the 2023 ESPY Awards.

The award recognizes Hendricks’ strength and resilience after his diagnosis with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hendriks was diagnosed in December and announced in April he was cancer free. He has donated $100,000 to cancer research.

The ESPYs will take place July 12 in Los Angeles and be televised at 7 p.m. CT on ABC-7.

“Reading up on Jimmy V and everything he went through, that speech is still eliciting tears from a lot of people while listening to it,” Hendriks said Wednesday. “That’s something that is really really cool. It’s not something I ever thought I would be a part of.”

Hendriks made five relief appearances, his first on May 29 against the Angels in Chicago. Hendriks played light catch Wednesday for the first time since going on the injured list June 11 with elbow inflammation, but there is still no timeline for his return.

The Buffalo Bills training staff will be honored for its life-saving action taken when safety Damar Hamlin collapsed in January.

Hendriks hopes the honor helps move the needle on cancer awareness.

“It’s been my motto from Day 1: Move forward and make a positive out of this,” he said. “And this is hopefully contributing to that factor. The individual award is not just for me. It’s for everybody who is going through something like this. It’s for everybody who has overcome something like this. Everybody who has succumbed to something like this.

“It’s for everyone going through it and also caretakers and family members. It’s not just a singular person going through this. It’s an entire family, and an entire unit. An entire organization. It’s not just a solo thing.”

Sox power

Luis Robert Jr. hit his 23rd homer, Seby Zavala hit his fifth and sixth and Eloy Jimenez led off the third with his 10th against right-hander Jaime Barria in the Sox’ 11-5 win against the Angels Wednesday. Andrew Vaughn’s three-run double against Andrew Wantz in the fourth gave the Sox and starter Lucas Giolito an 8-2 lead. Vaughn and Zach Remillard three hits each. Robert’s homer traveled 444 feet.

Zavala added a two-run single in the ninth.

Giolito (3.53 ERA) retired 16 of 17 in one stretch before allowing solo homers to Brandon Drury and Hunter Renfroe in the seventh. He allowed four runs in seven innings, striking out nine and issuing no walks.

Kopech ‘needs a little break’

Michael Kopech pitched eight innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts against the Royals on seven days rest May 19 eight starts ago and he probably needs that kind of breather again, manager Pedro Grifol said.

“He’s had a couple of hiccups here, but he’s got incredible stuff,” Grifol said Wednesday, a day after Kopech (four-plus innings against the Angels) failed to go more than five innings for the fifth time in his last six starts. “He’s just going through the battles of the season. He needs a little bit of a break.”

Kopech has pitched 86 innings in half a season. Grifol predicts Kopech, whose career high was 11913 innings last season, will get a second wind “and he’ll do his thing” after he gets an extended rest over the All-Star break.

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