Reliever Taylor Buchholz, who has dealt with anxiety and depression issues during his career, right now plans to skip the 2012 season, agent David Pasti told ESPNNewYork.com.
Buchholz, 30, went on the DL on June 2 with what was announced as shoulder fatigue. Buchholz and the Mets jointly announced a month later he was dealing with the emotional issues. He did not reppear during the season. The Mets granted him free agency after the season, even though he otherwise would not yet have been eligible.
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"If he signs with anyone, it would be with the Mets," Pasti said. "The way they handled the situation with Taylor meant a lot to him. The Mets really cared about him. As of right now, Taylor is taking the year off. He's feeling great, but not ready to get back into baseball. He's taking it one day at a time."
Buchholz opened up about his depression issue to a community news site in his Springfield, Pa., hometown weeks after going public with his battle.
“You become very good at lying with depression, and the biggest lie is to yourself,” Buchholz told Patch.com in an article published last July 16. “This has been an ongoing thing for two-and-a-half, three years and I had no idea what was going on. I was totally irritable, but I was able to fake it around people. I would normally be the guy whistling and singing and smiling around the clubhouse. But with total anxiety, I had this tightness all of the time. I was constantly on edge and I’d come home to [wife] Ashley, and I hate to say it, I’d take it out on her. She’s my angel; I give her so much credit for putting up with me. Just that it wasn’t me. I shut off people, and I became a hermit. I wouldn’t go out in public."