New York Mets Reliever Taylor Buchholz’s Extended Disabled List Stay Due to Depression

New York Mets Reliever Taylor Buchholz's Extended Disabled List Stay Due to Depression When Taylor Buchholz was placed on the disabled list on June 1, it was assumed the Mets reliever would return to the bullpen when his right shoulder felt free of fatigue.

A month later Buchholz remains on the DL, though not due to his shoulder anymore. The righthander revealed the reason for his absence is due to his battle with depression.

"Last season, with the Rockies, I experienced some depression and anxiety before returning from Tommy John surgery," Buchholz said in a statement released by the Mets on Friday. "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 counseling with my doctor, I agreed to try different medications, and it was recommended that I not pitch while I adjust 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."

The 29-year-old Buchholz has logged 26 innings of work for New York this season, striking out 26 hitters and walking seven. He is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA.

In 1997 Mets pitcher Pete Harnisch missed three months of play while dealing with depression, but returned in August before being dealt to Milwaukee.

Buchholz is a distant cousin of Sox starter Clay Buchholz.