Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows will step away from baseball activities because of mental health issues relating to anxiety. The Tigers PR department announced this just 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.
Austin Meadows, who was slated to play left field and bat seventh in the order against Boston, will be replaced by Akil Baddoo, whom the Tigers recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Baddoo will bat leadoff and take Meadows’ place in the lineup.
Last season, Meadows only appeared in 36 games for the Detroit Tigers because of a combination of mental health issues relating to anxiety, vertigo, and strains in both Achilles. We hope nothing but the best for Austin Meadows in the future.
Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as news about the situation continues to evolve.