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Heath Bell battled typhoid fever earlier this offseason

Dec 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

Padres closer Heath Bell won Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year Award in 2010 with a shiny 1.93 ERA and 47 saves in 50 chances.

His winter has not gone as smoothly.

First he was named in several different trade scenarios, then he came down with typhoid fever while vacationing in the islands of the south Pacific Ocean.

According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Bell caught the bug while staying on the Fijian island of Tavarua.  It didn’t hit him until a few days later, when he was in Hawaii and hoping to renew his marital vows with his wife Nicole.

Instead of enjoying the sun and beautiful beaches of Maui, Bell spent most of his time in an emergency room as doctors fought a battle against bacteria in his bloodstream.

All is well now.

Typhoid fever varies from serious to mild and Bell escaped without any long-term effects.  He was spotted at the Padres’ Holiday Caravan in good health and good spirits, and he should be back to 100 percent health by the opening of spring training.

  1. The Common Man/www.platoonadvantage.com - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    But if Typhoid starts running rampant through San Diego, we’ll know who to blame.

  2. Kevin S. - Dec 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    LARPing the Oregon Trail might not have been such a great idea after all, Heath.

  3. dannydonner - Dec 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Irresponsible reporting in my opinion… The author neglected to mention the other places Bell could have contracted Typhoid while visiting Fiji (airports, day trips to other islands, or the hotel they stayed coming/ going while on the main island of Viti Levu). I suppose the author shouldn’t be blamed entirely. Tavarua had a full house on Island during that time and have not had another reported case of Typhoid ( from then or ever). Highly unlikely Bell’s case was from Tavarua due to that fact alone so I’m not sure how Bell pinpointed it as “something he ate in Tavarua.” Very unfair assumption, Tavarua sure doesn’t deserve that negative publicity without evidence.

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