Monday, March 30, 2009

Hurry back, Dontrelle

Dontrelle Willis has had a rough go of it the last few years. He's gone from the emerging "face of the game" to an afterthought in Detroit. At least the doctors now think they have an explanation, even if it's not the explanation:

Willis cited blood tests that were conducted earlier this month that raised concerns. Research suggests there are no lab tests to diagnose an anxiety disorder, but such tests can be used to look for physical causes for symptoms, ruling out other factors.

Willis said doctors told him that the condition is easily treatable...

Several Major League players have gone on the disabled list with conditions grouped under anxiety disorders. Perhaps the best-known case in recent years is Royals starter Zack Greinke, who abruptly left Spring Training in 2006 and eventually went on the DL with what was diagnosed as social anxiety disorder. He missed most of the season before returning late in the year, but has recovered to become a top young starter in the American League. Pete Harnisch and Jim Eisenreich are also listed among the better-known baseball players who have had anxiety disorders.
I sure hope that he responds well to treatment and we can get back to seeing the real Dontrelle again soon.

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