Huff releases statement, appreciates support

Huff releases statement, appreciates support

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff, who's on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder, asked for solitude Friday in a brief statement he issued through the team.

"Thank you to the fans, media and Giants organization for the outpouring of support during this very difficult week," Huff's statement began. "I'm especially grateful for the texts and calls from my teammates, who are like my brothers and have let me know they're here for me.

"My goal is to get back on the field as soon as possible. To do that, I have to focus completely on getting well. I know I'm in a public job, and I've been one of the more open guys. But sometimes you have to pull back and work on things in private. This is one of those times.

"I appreciate your understanding and patience."

Huff, 35, was batting .182 with one home run and four RBIs in 12 games when the Giants officially placed him on the DL on Wednesday. He left the team two days earlier. Huff's lack of production prolonged the season-long slump he endured last year, when he hit .246 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs. Huff was one of the Giants' top performers during their 2010 World Series-winning season, when he finished seventh in the National League Most Valuable Player balloting.