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Braves place Luis Ayala on DL with anxiety disorder

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DENVER, CO - APRIL 24: Luis Ayala #20 of the Atlanta Braves delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 24, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Luis Ayala collected the loss as the Rockies defeated the Braves 6-5 in 12 innings. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Braves on Tuesday due to anxiety disorder, the team announced.

The news comes straight out of left field, given that Ayala has spent nine years in the big leagues without any public hint of previous problems. However, he is on a new team in Atlanta after the Orioles traded him earlier this month. The Braves became his seventh franchise when they picked him up for Chris Jones on April 10. He’s allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings since joining the team.

Ayala arrived in the majors in 2003 and immediately became a quality setup man for the Expos, picking up 10 wins, five saves and 19 holds as a rookie. He blew out his elbow in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, but returned and had a decent 2007 season for the Nationals. Things went downhill in 2008 and it looked like his career was just about over when he gave up 10 runs in 7 2/3 innings for the Marlins in 2009, but after spending the entirety of 2010 in the minors, he put together impressive showings in the majors for the Yankees in 2011 (2.09 ERA in 56 IP) and the Orioles last year (2.664 ERA in 75 IP).

David Carpenter was called up to replace Ayala in Atlanta’s bullpen.


Update: Braves GM Frank Wren shed a little light on the situation early this evening:

Frank Wren said Ayala was dealing with high blood pressure problems which led to his anxiety. being evaluated and treated for both

— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) April 30, 2013