Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows will remain out of the roster for the remainder of the season, as he revealed in a Friday post that he was “struggling with my mental health” in addition to myriad previous injuries.
“What I’ve told very few people is that I’ve also had mental health issues in a way that has extended my time away from the game that I love so much,” Meadows said in his statement. “I handled this privately with a great team of professionals, but I have to keep working hard off the pitch to feel mentally healthy.”
— Austin Meadows (@austin_meadows) September 2, 2022
Meadows, 27, has played 36 games this season, missing time with dizziness, COVID-19 and Achilles tendonitis, according to his post. He’s made the squad but hasn’t played in a game since mid-June. He had a .675 OPS in 147 plate appearances this season.
“Although I have been back at the clubhouse for the past few weeks and plan to stay with the club until the end of the season, I am still not ready to return to the field,” he said. declared.
Meadows was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays just days before Opening Day this year. He hit 27 home runs in 2021 and hit .328 on May 1, but missed time that month due to dizziness. He struggled on his return, going 5 for 27 before forcing both Achilles and being placed on the IL. Then came news of his experiences off the pitch.
“I’m so grateful to my family, my teammates and the Tigers organization for supporting me through this ordeal,” Meadows said. “I can’t do it alone, and I hope that by sharing my experience, I can reach at least one person who might be going through their own struggles and encourage them to ask someone for help.”
Meadows was the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ninth overall pick in 2013. He played five major league seasons.
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