The Detroit Tigers announced on Sunday that lefty Dontrelle Willis had been placed on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder. So they sent him to Detroit. I don't know about D-Train, but that's the one city in this country that makes me the most anxious. Scary.
Medically speaking, there are six different kinds of anxiety disorders, but Willis said Monday that he's not sure which one he has. He actually isn't even sure if he has an anxiety-related mental illness, something that many Americans (who aren't big league pitchers) suffer from -- and recover from -- every day.
"I don’t know if I’m really there yet – as far as if that’s what’s totally wrong," he said.Expect to hear soon enough that Willis is prescribed medication and undergoes the appropriate psychotherapy to tend to his apparent anxiety.
The two worst-yet seasons of Willis’ career have just happened to have come since his December 2006 drunk-driving arrest. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving, and served six months of probation, $761 in fines and 50 hours of community service.
Last year, he went 0-2 with a 9.38 ERA over 8 games (7 starts) and walked 35 batters in those 24 innings. That ratio alone suggests something is not right, be it mentally or physically. Get well soon, D-Train.
[Detroit Free Press] | [MLB Fanhouse] | [Cutoff Man]