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Taylor Buchholz to sit out 2012 with depression issues

Jan 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Taylor Buchholz‘s season ended in early June due to a combination of shoulder fatigue and depression, and agent David Pasti told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the right-hander plans to sit out the entire 2012 season.

Pasti described Buchholz as “feeling great, but not ready to get back into baseball” as he continues to deal with depression and anxiety.

Pasti also praised the manner in which the Mets dealt with Buchholz, saying if/when he does decide to continue playing they’d be his first choice. New York could have held onto Buchholz’s rights while he sat out, but instead allowed him to become a free agent at age 30 and with another season of arbitration eligibility still to come.

Buchholz has a 4.28 ERA in 311 career innings, including a 3.12 ERA and 26/7 K/BB ratio in 26 innings last season. He opened about dealing with depression in a very compelling interview last July, which is definitely worth reading.

  1. skerney - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Is “Pasta” Pasti’s nickname?

    • phukyouk - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      this is what happens when you blog from your Iphone.
      DYAC!

  2. sdelmonte - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Wishing him all the best. Glad he and the Mets are treating this as seriously as any physical injury.

  3. yepurwrong - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    you think you are depressed now, wait till next year when you work close shift at Sbarro’s

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