Liam Hendriks was hoping to be activated on July 1st a few weeks ago when he was put on the injured list with his injury. However, it seems like it is more likely that he returns during the Minnesota Twins series which is big for the Chicago White Sox.
It is probably better for him to do that anyway as they must win that series to keep pace with them in the American League Central Division. If he returns as the Liam Hendriks that we knew before his injury, the White Sox will automatically become a better team.
Before Saturday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants, Liam Hendriks had some interesting things to say about his team:
"“This is a very critical stretch for us.” Hedriks said. “It’s definitely make or break to help the front office clarify what we’re doing this year. Whether it’s a good year or whether it’s a sit and wait year. But we need in this clubhouse to figure it out and take care of business.”"
This quote speaks volumes about him as a leader. It also says a lot about players on the team knowing the reality of the situation. Hendriks wants to win but he knows that the front office has to look at things in both the short term and long term.
Liam Hendriks’s quote about the White Sox speaks volumes about the team.
We can only hope that the White Sox continues to win so that the front office can see this team as more of a contender than a pretender. Going into the deadline as buyers certainly make things more fun than going in as sellers.
After Hendriks made these comments, the White Sox went out there and had a very gutsy win over the San Francisco Giants on the road. They are clearly capable of doing these kinds of things but they haven’t with consistency so far this season.
Hendriks has been worth every penny since coming over to the White Sox in free agency. He is an elite closer but he is also an outspoken leader on the team which is amazing to have. Hopefully, he is able to help them win and make the front office see them as winners going forward.