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Mets reliever Taylor Buchholz out for “foreseeable future” with depression and anxiety

Jul 1, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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Taylor Buchholz has been on the disabled list since late May with a shoulder injury, but the Mets just announced that the reliever will remain on the shelf for the “foreseeable future” due to depression and anxiety.

There’s probably a joke to be made here about playing for the Mets causing depression, but I tend to think this sort of thing doesn’t get treated seriously enough as is. And as we saw with Zack Greinke it can derail even a great player’s career, so for a journeyman like Buchholz it’s a very tough hurdle to get over.

Buchholz, who was with a half-dozen teams prior to joining the Mets and has had numerous injury setbacks along the way, was pitching very well with a 3.12 ERA and 26/7 K/BB ratio in 26 innings setting up Francisco Rodriguez before the original DL stint.

  1. xmatt0926x - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Aaron, you are correct, unfortunately. It doesn’t get treated seriously because the typical response to a story like this is “but dude, he’s a pro athlete, why would he be depressed?”. There’s still too many people who think this type of diagnosed depression is the same as the depression you feel when something bad happens in your life. That’s not the case. It doesn’t matter how good you have it in life. Clinical depression just takes over and you have no idea why and you feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no reason to even function in life. It’s the same with the anxiety. You could be having the time of your life and then here comes that pit in your stomach and you have no idea what your horribly anxious about and it just overwhelms you. This stuff isn’t a joke and not easy to handle.

    • fearlessleader - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      Well said. I’m honestly thrilled to see this story covered with sensitivity and a lack of tired macho jokes, and I’m thrilled to see that the comment above has fifteen thumbs up and none down. Thanks. Hope Buchholz finds his way back soon.

  2. purdueman - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    When broadcaster Ken Harrelson heard the news today on the Cubs-White Sox game, he immediately quipped: “He Gone!!!”

    • Andrew - Jul 2, 2011 at 2:53 AM

      You got all these thumbs down because you didn’t call him Hawk.

  3. Gobias Industries - Jul 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    “There’s probably a joke to be made here about playing for the Mets causing depression…” Hmm. Yeah, that’d be hilarious, Aaron.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 1, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    I am familiar with depression and it’s a tough thing to fight through, but could you imagine a player in the 50’s leaving the team for that? Maybe that’s why those guys drank so much.

    • purdueman - Jul 1, 2011 at 10:54 PM

      Back in the ’50’s and 60’s, clubhouses had “greenies” (amphetamines), everywhere and many players were known to live off of booze at night (as there were a lot more day games back then), and greenies to get them through the next day and/or game.

      One of the most common prescriptions today for treating ADHD, ADD and depression is Adderal, which is amphetamines. So while doctors didn’t understand depression as they do today, the players inadvertently self-medicated themselves back then.

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