June 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves, Injuries, Pitching
According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Buddy Carlyle was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes yesterday:
By the way, Buddy Carlyle was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Found out yesterday. I was talking to him while ago about it, as he prepared to give himself his first insulin injection. He spent most of today in a Diabetes 101 program at Piedmont to learn all about what he’s going to have to do to treat and control the disease for the rest of his life.
This is absolutely awful news. Carlyle isn’t a super-star, he isn’t a shut-down reliever, and he isn’t an impact player. But he’s a role-player. He’ll get out there and give you innings when it isn’t glamorous to do so. He’ll pitch when you’re down, he’ll pitch when you’re up, he’ll pitch the 3rd inning or the 15th inning. He’s a team player and he means a lot to this team. He isn’t out there for the pride and glory or the pay check. He’s out there because he loves the game. And those people should be admired just as much as the guys winning Cy Youngs and MVP awards.
Most people don’t know this about me, but I’m a pre-med student and Diabetes is sort of “my disease” (not that I have it, but I’m a strong advocate for more funding towards diabetes research, etc. and I plan to dedicate a large portion of my professional career towards eradicating the world of this disease). I’ve had several people close to me be effected by the disease and it isn’t something I would wish upon my worst enemy. I will certainly keep the Carlyle family in my thoughts for the next few days. Horrible news.