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Arrieta's anxiety leads to Class AAA Norfolk

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06:57 AM ET 04.23 | Jake Arrieta, who was sent to the minors on Monday, couldn't have been more honest when he was asked what he'll be working on at Norfolk. "It's pretty obvious. I talked to Buck about a few things. We talked about things as far as high anxiety situations, and he pretty much asked me, 'Why do you have high anxiety in any situation with the stuff that you have?' Basically, I told him that I just want to be what my team needs me to be. And sometimes I create the anxiety for myself. So I just need to limit that and know that I don't have to create those types of situations for myself." What do you feel has led to your problems? "It's not a stuff issue."

The Baltimore Sun

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April 23, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Valium...

then wouldn't that make the valium a PED? It is not a medical necessity but instead would be enhancing his ability to perform on the field.
It would be like when atheltes use ritalin, dexedrine, Adderall, et al, (ADD or ADHD Meds) for the amphetamine boost but without the medical cetification necessary that they have the associated problem that the drugs treat.

April 23, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Valium...

Scotch

April 23, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Scotch

hmmmmm...... see valium. Not allowable if he is using it to alleviate his anxiety so that he can perform on the field. ;-)
Now in bed is a whole other story.

April 23, 2013  10:09 AM ET

I'm sure he could get a perscription for a anxiety medication.

April 23, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

then wouldn't that make the valium a PED? It is not a medical necessity but instead would be enhancing his ability to perform on the field. It would be like when atheltes use ritalin, dexedrine, Adderall, et al, (ADD or ADHD Meds) for the amphetamine boost but without the medical cetification necessary that they have the associated problem that the drugs treat.

Exactly..... a slippery slope indeed....

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April 23, 2013  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The question is whether valium is on the list of banned substances, not why he is taking it.

Bingo. However, I think the argument is being presented that perhaps diazepam could end up on the list at some point because it's perceived to be "performance enhancing."

I take it for my vertigo spells, and I can tell you it does NOT enhance any performance, except for sleep.

April 23, 2013  12:31 PM ET

It sounds like a confidence issue. He is so worried that his pitching performances might not always meat his own satisfaction or the team's, instead of going out there on the mound, trusting his stuff and giving it your best shot. A ll pitchers have bad days now and then. As long as you have more good outings than you have bad Those pitchers usually stay with the team.

April 23, 2013  02:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Valium...

haldol/activan,,,

April 23, 2013  02:17 PM ET

Arrieta is taking a really ling time to establish himself...

 
April 24, 2013  01:49 AM ET

long*

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