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Mets pretty sure Ike Davis has Valley Fever

Mar 3, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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Mets first baseman Ike Davis missed over 100 games last season due to a left ankle injury.

And now his 2012 is off to a rough start.

According to Marty Noble of MLB.com, the Mets are “treating Davis as if Valley Fever has been diagnosed” and are already planning days off for him this spring. His blood work is not done being reviewed in New York, but there’s a certainty in Port St. Lucie about what it will eventually say.

Valley Fever is a fungal disease common in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico (Davis lives in Arizona) with symptoms ranging from fevers and coughs to rashes and joint aches. It cost former Diamondbacks outfielder Conor Jackson nearly the entire 2009 season and created a hole in former minor leaguer Joe Vavra’s lung. Vavra is now the Twins’ major league hitting coach.

Davis isn’t symptomatic yet, and the disease can clear on its own, but the Mets are prepared for the worst. When asked Saturday whether the team has developed a contingency plan in case the talented 24-year-old is again absent from the lineup, manager Terry Collins replied: “Had to. Have to be prepared. Can’t be blindsided.” Lucas Duda would likely fill in at first base, where he started 37 games in 2011.

  1. ikedavisnose - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    This only happens to the Freaking Mets WHY WHY WHY

    • navel gazing - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      I blame Carlos Beltran.

      Am I doing this right?

      • ikedavisnose - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        Yeah sadly you are

  2. rickeye9 - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    and to the dbacks in Connor Jackson… he went from a future all star to trying to make a major league team, totally ruined his entire career, it’s sad sad stuff

  3. Old Gator - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Wretched bug – the desert’s answer to Lyme Disease. Sorry to hear about it. Hope he pulls through this without any lasting effects.

  4. palmtreesin17 - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    What are u kidding me?!? The Amazins are cursed, has to be Dwight & Darryl’s doing. Get well soon Ike…oh the pain

  5. randygnyc - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I’ve been saying it for YEARS now, the Mets are cursed. They will remain cursed until they make EVERYTHING right (money, prestige and control) with Willie Randolph.

    • Old Gator - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Amen. Willie was a class act going in, and only looked classier coming out – while the Mutt quitters, chokers and shirkers, and especially Willie’s primary Brutus, Jerry Manuel, came off looking like the bush leaguers they really were.

  6. cool10857 - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Maybe Ike can transmit his Valley Fever to the Wilpons.

  7. alexo0 - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    “Can’t be blindsided”: meaning they were blindsided by this and are scrambling to come up with an alternative. Do I detect a hint of resentment in Collins’ statement?

  8. sicklife1 - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Does it even matter? This will be an AWFUL season either way

  9. yankeesgameday - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    That’s like, totally, grody to the max.

  10. alexb64 - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    This does show The Mets are changing how they operate though, before they just would have given him an aspirin & a glass of OJ and declared him okay to play.

  11. flem12 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Either The Wilpons comment on here or a couple of Mets’ fanboys really believe that the franchise is in fine shape & are insanely thumbs down’ing every comment with even the slightest ridicule directed towards the team.

    • Old Gator - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      What do you expect? They’ve even got a mascot who looks like he suffers from hydrocephaly.

  12. jimatkins - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Valley Fever is a sneaky, nasty disease. It acts like a cold, you cough some, no big deal. Then it spreads through your whole body- it’s a fungus that grows in your lungs. My dad had a lobe of his lung removed because of it, and my cousin (from Arizona) had it spread, and she got IV treatments every day for about a year. Gotta feel for Ike here, this stuff really doesn’t seem like much and then WHAM! Hope they get this nailed in time.

  13. tuftsb - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    At least it wasn’t a fever for more cowbells.

    Get well Ike – so you can get traded to another organization and prosper.

  14. mulletcork - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Mets fan since ’83. While life. I give up bro.

    Nothing left in the tank.

  15. romoscollarbone - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Never heard of valley fever. Crazy. The Mets were looking better than ppl realize, from a prospect aspect. This won’t be a positive influence on the season, to say the least. Hopefully Ike can shake it.

  16. tackleberries - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Why couldn’t the Sidd Finch article have been true and this one an April Fool’s joke?

  17. stercuilus65 - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    He’s cuaght the herpes from Braun.

  18. bigjimatch - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    The Curse of Willie Randolph? Huh?

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