Detroit Tigers quarterback Austin Meadows will stay away from baseball activities on the field for the remainder of the 2022 season.
Meadows, who has struggled with numerous injuries and illnesses since May, has been at the Tigers for training for the past few weeks and will remain with his teammates when the club plays their home games at Comerica Park.
For mental health reasons, Meadows ended his season with one month left on the schedule.
“He wanted everyone to share what he’s been going through,” said manager AJ Hinch. “I commend him for doing it. I’m so proud of him. It’s not easy in this sport, as an athlete, as a competitor, to admit when you need help outside the normal range of baseball… We give him all the support we can. It’s hard to hear, but I feel.” satisfied with the path he is taking.”
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pasture Statement on Twitter:
“This season has been an unfortunate struggle with a litany of injuries and illness, from dealing with early vertigo, then COVID, to bilateral Achilles tendinitis, and then having to go through rehab every time.
“What I have said to quite a few people is that I too have been struggling with your mental health in a way that has lengthened my time away from the game that I love so much. I have dealt with this privately with a great team of professionals, but I need to keep working hard off the field from In order to feel mental health.
“While returning to the club in the past few weeks, and planning to stay with the club until the end of the season, I am still not ready to return to the field. I am very grateful to my family, my teammates, and the Tigers organization for supporting me through this. I cannot do it on my own, and I hope to share My experience is to reach out to at least one person who may be facing their own struggles and encourage them to reach out to someone for help.”
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The Tigers acquired the Meadows, an All-Star in 2019, from the Tampa Bay Rays on April 5 in exchange for Isaac Paredes (and a draft pick). The 27-year-old finished his first season as a Tiger with a batting average of 0.250, zero home runs, 11 RBIs, 16 walks and 17 hits in 36 games.
Meadows, under team control until 2024, last played on August 14 during a rehab stint with Triple-A Toledo. He played 10 matches with Mud Hens over three rehabilitation assignments: June 1-5, July 6-7 and August 10-14.
“The physical ailments were real,” Hinch said. “It was things he dealt with over and over again. The last time he played, when he was in rehab, it was the first time he called me directly. … We’ve known a little while, but it wasn’t the whole season, or it wasn’t the same If only we knew him when we first met him.”
Hinch has spent a lot of time talking to Meadows in the past two weeks.
Hinch said Meadows has set himself on a “great path” toward recovery, and has “a lot of support” from his coaches and teammates. His younger brother Parker plays Double-A Erie on the tiger farm system.
The Tigers, out of respect for the privacy of the Plains, did not address their mental health status until Meadows gave them permission to do so. Concurrently, Meadows released his statement hoping to use his platform as a professional athlete to help others struggling with mental health struggles.
Hinch praised Meadows for his choice.
“I can’t say enough how proud I am of his willingness to help,” Hinch said. “Maybe there’s one kid in there, maybe there’s a teammate, maybe there’s an ex-teammate, maybe someone in the league is struggling alone and is curious about whether or not to ask for help or even admit they have some issues that they need to work through.” .
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