Friday, July 1, 2011
Buchholz suffering from depression
By Adam Rubin
Taylor Buchholz, originally placed on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue, will remain on the DL with depression/anxiety for the "foreseeable future," the team announced.
Buchholz is at home in suburban Philadelphia and has been prescribed medication, the organization announced. Sandy Alderson added that Buchholz has been participating in the employee assistance program.
“Last season with the Rockies, I experienced some depression and anxiety before returning from Tommy John surgery,” Buchholz said in a statement. “I thought I had it under control, but recently, at the end of May of this year, the depression and anxiety began to resurface. After consulting with my doctor, I agreed to try different medications and it was recommended that I not pitch while I adjusted to the new medications. I am in regular contact with the Mets and have kept them informed of my progress. I am extremely grateful for the way the Mets have cared for me and my family.”
Said Alderson: "Taylor felt that it was important for his situation to be clarified. We did, too, to the extent that he's home resting with a strained shoulder, that doesn't really portray it as it is. He felt it was important. We felt at some point we need to disclose this. And, at the same time, he had become comfortable with the disclosure, which is a separate issue unto itself."
Also, Alderson said:
• Johan Santana threw a bullpen session on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie with no complaints of soreness. Shoulder discomfort had promoted Santana to refrain from throwing off a mound last month. After one more bullpen session without issue, Santana will advance to a spring-training-like program.
• Ike Davis, who is at home in Arizona because of a cartilage damage in his left ankle, will attempt to run next week. If discomfort resurfaces at that point, he likely will proceed with season-ending surgery.
• 2008 first-round pick Reese Havens, a second baseman who has been dogged by oblique issues, landed on the DL with Double-A Binghamton with a lower-back strain.