The Tigers have announced that Joel Zumaya and Dontrelle Willis have been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Zumaya’s placement on the DL is due to a sore shoulder. There is no surprise there.
Dontrelle’s placement cause is vague and questionable. According to the Tigers website, he has an anxiety disorder, detected through a recent blood test.
“This is not depression,” Willis said. “This is something totally different. This is something where they saw something in my blood that they didn’t like. “I’m not crazy, though my teammates might think that I’m crazy.”
An anxiety disorder is,
Any of various disorders in which anxiety is either the primary disturbance or is the result of confronting a feared situation or object; they include obsessive-compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.
I guess that I don’t understand how a blood test is conclusive of something that is mostly behavioral.
So, I’m not sure I’m buying this one. Does it sound somewhat suspicious? I think so. It seems to me that the Tigers, at this time, just don’t know what to do with him. As he did during last season, he has struggled – mightily, during spring training. It is regrettable to say, but it seems that his days in the majors are nearing an end. At least, for now, putting him on the DL gives the Tigers a chance to figure out their next move.
Other news today from spring camp, is the return of 2008 Rule 5 draft pick, Kyle Bloom, to the Pirates.