Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff’s sudden disappearance was explained Wednesday when the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder.
“He’s gotten some treatment and will continue to get treatment,” manager Bruce Bochy said before Wednesday night’s 4-2 loss to the Reds. The Giants helped arrange the help for Huff, 35, a stalwart and emotional spark on the 2010 World Series championship team whose play has declined since.
Huff joins a small but high-profile list of major-league players who have been sidelined by anxiety in the past several years. Those players include Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player; pitcher Zack Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner; and former A’s pitcher Justin Duchscherer.
He has dealt with difficult issues. When he was 6, his father was murdered in Texas. According to court records, Huff is going through a divorce in Hillsborough County, Fla., where his wife, Barbara, filed for dissolution of their six-year marriage on Jan. 31. They have two children.
Furthermore, Huff has absorbed much criticism from Giants fans for his play in 2011 and so far this season.
Bochy said he spoke to Huff on Wednesday and could not speculate on whether Huff’s anxiety was triggered by baseball or his personal life.
“I don’t know if he knows,” Bochy said. “It could be both.
Posted: April 26, 2012 at 05:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
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