The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed the outfielder Andrew Toleswho hasn’t played since 2018, to give him access to the team’s health insurance and mental health services.
USA today reports Toles, 29, has schizophrenia and hasn’t played since 2018. The Dodgers re-signing Toles will give him access to team health insurance and mental health services. Toles was placed on the shortlist ahead of the 2019 season and had his contract extended during spring training but did not play.
In June 2020, Toles was stopped for misdemeanor trespassing when he was found asleep behind a Fed Ex building at Key West International Airport. It was revealed that Toles had been in and out of mental health facilities and homeless shelters and had multiple incidents with police.
Toles’ family tried to obtain legal guardianship, but Toles did not consent. Schizophrenia affects more than two million Americans and 1 in 300 people worldwide. Neurological brain disorder is also difficult to diagnose, as an estimated 40% of people with this disorder go untreated in any given year.
Symptoms include delusions and hallucinations, alterations in the senses, inability to sort and interpret incoming sensations, inability to respond appropriately, altered sense of self, and changes in emotions, movements, and mood. behviour.
The Dodgers currently have the highest payroll in the league at $274,808,333, which means the Dodgers will pay $24,022,427 in luxury tax payments this season, which is almost more than the Baltimore Orioles will spend their entire roster for the 2022 season.
After a 98-day lockout by owners, the MLB season kicks off Thursday when the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees. Eight other games will also be played on Thursday.
Toles is not expected to play for the Dodgers this season, but signing with the team will allow him to continue receiving treatment, including counseling, therapy and medication through the Dodgers organization.