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Injuries, COVID, and rehabbing from said injuries have kept Detroit Tigers’ Austin Meadows off the field for most of the season.
But on Friday, he opened up about one more reason that’s kept him from playing.
The outfielder tweeted on Friday that he has been struggling with his mental health.
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“This season has been an unfortunate struggle with a series of injuries and illness … What I have told very few people is that I also have been struggling with my mental health in a way that has extended my time away from the game that I love so much,” Meadows said in his first tweet since Feb. 13, 2021.
“I’ve been dealing with this privately with a great team of professionals, but I need to continue to put in the hard work off the field towards feeling mentally healthy.”
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The former Tampa Bay Ray and Pittsburgh Pirate said that he is with the Tigers in the clubhouse and plans to be through the end of the season, but he is elements when he’ll return to playing.
“I am still not ready to return to the field,” he said.
Considering he hadn’t tweeted in over a year and a half, it was an important message, and he hopes that opening up about his struggles can help others in similar situations.
“I am so grateful for my family, my teammates, and the Tigers organization for supporting me through this,” he said. “I can’t do this alone, and I hope in sharing my experience I can touch at least one person who might be going through their own struggles and encourage them to reach out to someone for help.”
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Meadows has also missed time due to vertigo and an Achilles injury – he has not played since June 15.