By Vince Cestone
San Francisco Giants' struggling first baseman Aubrey Huff was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with an anxiety disorder.
Huff, who was hitting just .182 for the 2012 season, seemed mentally distraught in his last game Saturday against the New York Mets after failing to break for second base on a potential inning-ending double-play ball hit to shortstop. Instead of breaking for second to try to turn the double play, Huff broke for first base, and Emmanuel Burriss' throw to first to salvage an out was too late.
In defense of Huff, he was making his first career start at second base due to an illness to backup shortstop Ryan Theriot. The regular shortstop, Brandon Crawford, was pinch-hit for in the top of the ninth inning, which made second base available for Huff after Burriss moved from second to short.
Huff is in his second year of a two-year, $22 million contract with a $10 million club option for 2013. His club option remains in jeopardy as a result of his mental lapses and early-season struggles.
Huff turned 35 in December and has 12 years of service in the major leagues.
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