Mets First Baseman Discusses Valley Fever Diagnosis With Reporters

An article by posted on March 4, 2012

Ike Davis spoke with reporters this morning about his suspected valley fever diagnosis.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • The specialist still thinks he has valley fever despite blood test being negative. Except in the most extreme cases, valley fever is not debilitating.
  • Ike Davis says he feels great and does not have any symptoms of the disease which he could have contracted as long as a year ago.
  • The doctors told him he could play and to avoid getting really, really fatigued. Davis added that valley fever is very common and 40 percent of people that live in Arizona get it in their lifetime.
  • Davis has not toned down any of his workouts and if he feels very fatigued he will simply let Terry Collins know about, but reinforced that he feels great and that he doesn’t see anything coming from this in the future. He is not too concerned about it.
You can read the full transcript of Ike’s comments at ESPN New York.

Original Post 3/3 8:00 PM

Marty Noble of MLB.com reports that it is likely Mets budding first baseman Ike Davis has likely contracted Valley Fever, although they have yet to get the results from the blood test.

Whether that statement will be applicable each day come April is an unknown that makes his manager and Davis himself squirm. Davis is not the picture of health. He has, in fact, contracted Valley or Desert Fever, a malady that can interfere with a season and even end a career.

His illness has set off no alarms in the Mets’ camp. Truth be told, the diagnosis is not a topic of public discussion or much private dialouge. But there is an awareness, and, behind that, a concern.

Murphy’s Law strikes again.

The most recent example of the possible severe effects of Valley Fever is Conor Jackson, who contracted the illness in 2009, lost 35 pounds, and hasn’t been the same player since.

With that said, I think the key in this article is that Ike says he feels no ill effects of the fever, if he even does have it. That is the key. The symptoms can be as severe as Jackson’s or as mild as next to nothing.

Terry Collins said that Scott Hairston and Mike Baxter would tried at first place in order to “be prepared” and that if Davis needs to miss any significant amount of time Lucas Duda would take over the first base duties.

As of right now it doesn’t sound too serious and I want to give Ike the benefit of the doubt and believe him when he says he feels fine, but plenty of times before the Mets have made it sound like a minor medical issue that turned out to be a major blow. I won’t be holding my breath on this one.

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