PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The New York Mets minimized first baseman Ike Davis‘ early camp visit to New York for additional medical tests as revealing nothing more than a harmless lung infection. Apparently, there is more to the story.
The team is concerned Davis has contracted valley fever. The Mets said in a statement Saturday that Davis’ routine physical after his arrival at spring training included an abnormal chest X-ray.
“Following additional tests here (Port St. Lucie) and in NYC, pulmonary and infectious disease specialists have concluded that Ike likely has Valley Fever, which is expected to resolve itself over time,” the Mets said in the statement. “Ike is not contagious, is not taking any medication for his condition and does not currently exhibit any of the outward symptoms associated with Valley Fever. However, Ike has been instructed to avoid extreme fatigue. No additional tests or examinations are pending, but Ike will have a follow up exam when the team returns to NYC in early April.”
Davis told ESPNNewYork.com via text on Saturday: “Because I haven’t got the blood work back I can’t be sure it’s true.”
Valley fever is a fungal infection found in desert regions of the Southwest. The fungus is released from the soil and inhaled. Davis spends his offseasons in Phoenix.
The disease is treated with rest and drugs.
“We’re treating him as if that’s what it is. We can’t let him run down,” Mets manager Terry Collins told the team’s website. “That’s what we’ve been told. We’ll give him some days off. He says he can go, and he’s been doing everything he’s supposed to. But we need to be sure he doesn’t push it.”
Conor Jackson was limited to 30 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks while dealing with valley fever in 2009. While recovering, Jackson described Valley fever as “mono on steroids” to the Arizona Republic.
“I’m tired. I’m fatigued,” Jackson told the newspaper. “Some days I feel like I’m able to do stuff, and I do stuff. I sleep 12, 13 hours and I’m exhausted.”
Davis participated in Saturday’s intrasquad game and had two hits.
Davis was sidelined for the remainder of the season last year after suffering a left ankle injury in a May 10 collision on a popup with David Wright in Colorado.
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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Mets: Davis likely suffering from valley fever
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