MLB All-Star Austin Meadows Not Ready To Rejoin Tigers, Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows has missed the majority of the 2022 season due to physical injuries, Covid and his mental health.

Physically, Meadows has not played since the 15th of June due to vertigo and an Achilles injury. He plans to remain with the Tigers for the rest of the season but still says he is unable to play at this time.

Meadows tweeted about his mental health concerns, saying he is working with professionals and hopes that he can share his personal story and help others who may be struggling.

“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.”

Meadows is currently in his 5th season in the big leagues. He played 1 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, and is currently in his first season with the Tigers. Meadows was an all-star with the Rays in the 2019 season. He has played 36 games for the Tigers this season with no home runs and 11 RBIs.