Mets’ Davis feels OK after valley fever diagnosis

New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis says he’s ready to play

despite being diagnosed with valley fever. Third baseman David

Wright, meanwhile, will sit for a bit.

Beset by injuries last season, the Mets haven’t gotten too many

breaks this year, either.

Wright has been slowed by soreness around his left ribcage.

Scratched from an intrasquad game Saturday, the All-Star was told

Sunday by manager Terry Collins he wouldn’t play Monday night or

Tuesday when the Mets start the exhibition schedule.

”If this was opening day, I’d be playing 100 percent,” Wright

said.

Davis said he felt fine. Valley fever is a fungal infection that

is released from the dirt in desert regions of the Southwest and

can cause extreme fatigue. Davis lives in Arizona in the

offseason.

”Forty percent of people who live in Arizona get it during

their life. It’s person-by-person, but it can take a year (to get

over it). I could’ve had this for a year and not known it,” he

said.

Valley fever requires no medication. The Mets said the illness

is expected to resolve itself.

”I feel great, and I don’t have any symptoms of it,” Davis

said. ”I’m not coughing or throwing up blood. It’s not even hard

to breathe. The doctor said I can play, but I can’t get

fatigued.”

The team sent out a statement late Saturday night saying the

24-year-old Davis, originally thought to have a lung infection, had

a different illness.

Davis hasn’t changed anything about his workouts and hasn’t

reduced his participation in drills.

”I don’t think this is going to be a problem. I just need to be

really healthy and keep my immune system strong,” he said.

An ankle injury limited Davis to 36 games last year, but he said

he doesn’t expect this setback to slow him down much. If he feels

tired during the spring, he said, he will just take a break.

The Mets have said Davis’ blood test is negative. A specialist

has speculated that Davis has valley fever.

”The tests that we have, which include the X-ray, a follow-up

to that, as well as the blood test, aren’t necessarily conclusive

because the blood test came back negative,” Mets general manager

Sandy Alderson said.

”There can be a delay of some period of time, so the blood test

might become positive at a later date. What we have is a working

diagnosis,” he said.

Wright said the decision to keep him out of the lineup may have

had something to do with Scott Hairston hurting his left oblique

muscle Saturday – the same injury to his side that forced the

outfielder to finish last season on the disabled list.

”In light of Scotty yesterday, I think it opened up my eyes.

You hate to see a guy go down, but it’d be worse if two guys go

down,” Wright said.

”I think I can play, but it was taken out of my hands. Terry

made it very simple for me and told me I was not playing,” he

said.