The 34-year-old made just five relief appearances for Chicago in 2023, as his season was cut short by an elbow injury he sustained in June, for which he eventually underwent season-ending surgery in August.
Liam Hendriks is the American League Comeback Player of the Year! pic.twitter.com/WoocYn5jjP
— MLB (@MLB) November 28, 2023
Hendriks pitched five innings last season in his return from cancer, registering a 2-0 record with a 5.40 ERA and three strikeouts.
Earlier in November, Hendriks had been named the 2023 Players Choice Awards’ Comeback Player of the Year, which is voted for by players in MLB. Now he’s taking home the league’s official award, too.
Hendriks is the first White Sox player to win the award since Jim Thome in 2006 and the first AL reliever to win it since Mariano Rivera in 2013.