Danny Farquhar took another big step in his comeback, and his family was in the stands to see it.
Farquhar struck out two and walked one during a scoreless inning Sunday in his first simulated game for the Yankees since collapsing in the White Sox dugout April 20.
The right-hander was diagnosed with a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage and had surgery the next day. He was hospitalized until May 7.
“Extraordinarily successful being the fact that I wasn’t thinking about anything besides striking everybody out,” Farquhar said. “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.”
Farquhar, 32, is using a specially designed protective cap that includes Kevlar and foam.
His wife, Lexie, and children Madison (7), Landon (3) and Liam (1) took in the game from the third-base side of an empty Steinbrenner Field.
“I saw them while I was warming up,” Farquhar said. “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.”
Farquhar struck out and walked Giovanny Urshela, and got a strikeout and fly against Francisco Diaz.
Mesa injured: Miami outfield prospect Victor Victor Mesa strained his right hamstring in a spring training game against the Pirates. Mesa pulled up and grabbed his hamstring after beating out a groundball and avoiding a double play in the sixth inning. The Marlins signed him to a $5.25 million bonus in October. Mesa, 22, had not played in a game in nearly two years following his defection from Cuba.
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