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If you were wondering what was going on with Taylor Buchholz, he's sidelined indefinitely with depression and anxiety. Neither condition is a laughing matter, and here's hoping Buchholz gets better as soon as possible. As Aaron Gleeman points out on Hardball Talk, Zack Greinke has dealt with similar issues. And Ted Berg pointed out how the whole "he can't make it in New York" thing isn't fair for players who go through this kind of thing.
Prior to hitting the disabled list, Buchholz was outstanding out of the Mets' bullpen, sporting 9.00 K/9, 2.42 BB/9, and a tidy 3.33 xFIP. As far as setup men go, I'd be more comfortable with him on the mound in a close game in the seventh or eighth inning than Jason Isringhausen or Bobby Parnell.
The bullpen hasn't been a glaring weakness this year, but the sooner Buchholz gets better, the better the bullpen will be down the stretch. Adam Rubin has a quote from Buchholz:
“Last season with the Rockies, I experienced some depression and anxiety before returning from Tommy John surgery,” Buchholz said in a statement. “I thought I had it under control, but recently, at the end of May of this year, the depression and anxiety began to resurface. After consulting with my doctor, I agreed to try different medications and it was recommended that I not pitch while I adjusted to the new medications. I am in regular contact with the Mets and have kept them informed of my progress. I am extremely grateful for the way the Mets have cared for me and my family.”