Tigers put Willis on DL with anxiety disorder

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March 30, 2009|By From Sun news services

The Detroit Tigers placed left-hander Dontrelle Willis on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder Sunday and put oft-injured reliever Joel Zumaya on the list with a sore right shoulder.

General manager Dave Dombrowski said he remains "fairly optimistic" that Willis will return to the major leagues this year.

Willis said he has been feeling well on and off the mound. "I'm never depressed at all," he said. "... This is not something where I'm too amped up, I don't know where I'm at, and I'm running sprints up and down the parking lot. ... [The doctors] see something in my blood that they don't like. I'm not crazy."

Dombrowski said Willis will undergo treatment but didn't specify what it would involve. He said he believes the diagnosis illuminates the troubles Willis had last year, when he went 0-2 with a 9.38 ERA.

Cubs: : Manager Lou Piniella picked Kevin Gregg to be the closer. Gregg beat out Carlos Marmol, Chicago's setup man last year. Gregg saved 29 games for the Marlins last year.

Et cetera: : Brett Gardner beat out Melky Cabrera for the Yankees' starting center-field job. ... Mariners right-hander Brandon Morrow confirmed that he will start the season in the bullpen. Morrow said he doesn't envision returning to a starting role.

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