Red Sox placed RHP Chris Martin on the 15-day injured list due to anxiety

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Chris Martin on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday due to anxiety.

Martin, 38, told the team about his concerns last weekend.

The measure applies retroactively to Sunday. Martin last pitched on May 30 against Detroit, giving up four hits, including two home runs, and three earned runs in an inning of work. He has a 4.22 ERA in 21 appearances this season.

“By respecting the situation, he felt like it was manifesting itself in physical ways that were preventing him from competing at the level he is used to in terms of fatigue, energy, recovery, sleep and the like.” Red Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow said.

Breslow believes the time on the IL will help Martin return to the roster at full health.

“We will make sure it is sufficient,” he said. “I think there are a few things that are important to get across. I think we should applaud Chris’s willingness to speak out and face this challenge head on. As an organization we fully support that and have a lot of resources here, including the mental health program that is designed to help players and staff deal with these types of situations.”

Breslow, a former Major League pitcher, said leagues and teams across all sports have done a good job destigmatizing these types of situations.

“I really think teams are now exhausting their resources in building out mental health and behavioral health programs that may be a little bit different than the traditional mental skills domains of sports psychology that teams have spent time with in the past,” he said. “Mental health is a very important part of not only the well-being of athletes, but also of people. It is crucial.”

Breslow said the demands of a baseball season – the demands of a season in any sport – can sometimes be overwhelming and it’s important that everyone has the necessary resources.

Martin has a 3.42 ERA in 345 career games spanning 11 years with Colorado, the New York Yankees, Texas, Atlanta, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Red Sox. He played for Boston the past two seasons.

To fill Martin’s spot on the roster, the Red Sox recalled right-hander Zack Kelly from Triple-A Worcester.