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Braves place Luis Ayala on DL with anxiety disorder

Apr 30, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

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Veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Braves on Tuesday due to anxiety disorder, the team announced.

The news comes straight out of left field, given that Ayala has spent nine years in the big leagues without any public hint of previous problems. However, he is on a new team in Atlanta after the Orioles traded him earlier this month. The Braves became his seventh franchise when they picked him up for Chris Jones on April 10. He’s allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings since joining the team.

Ayala arrived in the majors in 2003 and immediately became a quality setup man for the Expos, picking up 10 wins, five saves and 19 holds as a rookie. He blew out his elbow in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, but returned and had a decent 2007 season for the Nationals. Things went downhill in 2008 and it looked like his career was just about over when he gave up 10 runs in 7 2/3 innings for the Marlins in 2009, but after spending the entirety of 2010 in the minors, he put together impressive showings in the majors for the Yankees in 2011 (2.09 ERA in 56 IP) and the Orioles last year (2.664 ERA in 75 IP).

David Carpenter was called up to replace Ayala in Atlanta’s bullpen.

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Update: Braves GM Frank Wren shed a little light on the situation early this evening:

 

  1. goskinsvt - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    As someone with a pretty severe anxiety disorder, I know it can be an almost debilitating disease and can strike out of nowhere. Best of luck to Ayala, hope he can find a way past it.

  2. micknangold - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I’d be pretty anxious about high blood pressure too, especially if I was a pro athlete at that age. Hope he’s all right.

  3. psuravens19 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Once you get anxiety it’s hard to get rid of. I feel bad for anyone that has to deal with it.

  4. badintent - May 1, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Luis , meet Royce White . You two have lots to talk about.

    • louhudson23 - May 1, 2013 at 4:33 AM

      Ayala appears intent on playing. White appears intent on focusing on why he can’t play…good luck to them both….

  5. scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Most people would have anxiety if they stole money from their employers for 10 years too.

  6. JuanFranFan - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    It does not seem to be a problem for Dan Uggla and BJ Upton does it? I hope Luis Ayala recovers and can make a contribution to the Braves. They need him.

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