Mets Outfielder Ike Davis Diagnosed With ‘Valley Fever’ Lung Infection

by NESN Staff

March 4, 2012

At this point, we should probably know better than to be surprised by anything the Mets do, but somehow, they keep pushing the envelope.

Ike Davis is the latest strange story to emerge from Mets spring training after coming down with a case of what doctors believe is "Valley Fever."

An X-ray during Davis' physical revealed what GM Sandy Alderson described as a "pulmonary and infectious disease specialists have concluded that Ike likely has Valley Fever, which is expected to resolve itself over time."

Diamondbacks outfielder Conor Jackson, who dealt with the disease himself in 2009, described Valley Fever to the New York Daily News as "mono on steroids" and missed over 100 games because of it that season.

Valley Fever is caused by breathing in a fungus that exists in dry desert areas, and although the Mets' spring training facility is in Florida, Davis lives in Phoenix during the offseason.

Davis isn't contagious and isn't expected to be prescribed any medication, but is expected to take some time off to recover.

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