03/04/12 5:54 PM EST
Valley Fever diagnosis won't restrict Davis
By Marty Noble / MLB.com
Alderson said Davis isn't scheduled to undergo additional tests until the team returns to New York for the beginning of the season early next month and that the club has been told the problem is likely to "resolve itself."
Alderson added that the results of tests administered 12 days ago are not "necessarily conclusive." The blood tests were negative for Valley Fever. However, he noted the "totality of the evidence and [the doctors'] experience" had made Valley Fever an appropriate diagnosis. He characterized the doctors' conclusion as a "working diagnosis" -- that the diagnosis had not changed since the original results were received, but that the diagnosis had gone "from the generic to the specific in a way."
"If I feel I need to take a break," Davis said, "I'll step to the side. So far, I haven't had to do that."
There was no indication that Davis would miss time during the regular season.
Manager Terry Collins said Saturday, "We're treating him as if [Valley Fever is] what it is. We can't let him run down. That's what we've been told. We'll give him some days off. He says he can go, and he's been doing everything he's supposed to. But we need to be sure he doesn't push it."
The Mets issued a statement late Saturday after MLB.com reported Davis' situation: "Ike Davis underwent a routine physical exam after his arrival in [Port St. Lucie]. The exam [resulted in] an abnormal chest X-ray. Following additional tests here and in NYC, pulmonary and infectious disease specialists have concluded that Ike likely has Valley Fever, which is expected to resolve itself over time. Ike is not contagious, is not taking any medication for his condition and does not currently exhibit any of the outward symptoms associated with Valley Fever. However, Ike has been instructed to avoid extreme fatigue. No additional tests or examinations are pending, but Ike will have a follow-up exam when the team returns to NYC in early April."
Mets taking cautious approach with Wright
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Although his symptoms -- stiffness in his left side -- were no worse Sunday morning than they were 24 hours earlier, David Wright has been told he will not participate in a game until he is "asymptomatic."
Hence, Wright was not in the lineup for the Mets' third intrasquad game Sunday. And according to the third baseman, he will not play in either of the team's first two Spring Training games Monday or Tuesday.
Wright said he was certain he'd "be in there" if similar symptoms existed in the regular season.
"I feel as good as I have, better than I did ... I think I could play," Wright said, "but [manager] Terry [Collins] took it out of my hands."
Wright indicated the strained oblique injury suffered Saturday by Scott Hairston may have made the club more wary. It seemingly made him more wary.
"In light of what happened to Scott, it opened my eyes," Wright said. "It's bad to have one guy go down. It'd be a lot worse with two guys."
Collins did acknowledge that Hairston's problem had, in fact, influenced his caution with Wright, as it is better to miss three games in the first week of March than to miss an extended period later.
Hairston and Minor League second baseman Reese Haven (back) are to receive cortisone injections on Monday.
Niese, Pelf throw scoreless frames in scrimmage
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese threw two scoreless innings each on Sunday in the Mets' third intrasquad game, a 4-0 win by Team Blue over Team Orange.
Mike Baxter, Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis each had two RBIs, and Justin Turner and Adam Loewen had two hits each.
"Everything needs to get better," Niese said, "especially the curve."
Pelfrey, intent on regaining the touch on the two-seam fastball that won him a job in the big leagues, was pleased with the two-seamers he threw.
Mets sign 27 players before Sunday's deadline
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Dating back from when Steve Phillips was the general manager, the Mets never have begun the Spring Training schedule with an unsigned player on their roster. With the first game scheduled for Monday night, Sunday was the club's deadline, and the signing of 27 players has been announced: Pedro Beato, Robert Carson, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Jeurys Familia, Wilmer Flores, Dillon Gee, Reese Havens, Jeremy Hefner, Daniel Herrera, Juan Lagares, Zach Lutz, Jenrry Mejia, Daniel Murphy, Mike Nickeas, Jon Niese, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Bobby Parnell, Cesar Puello, Armando Rodriguez, Josh Satin, Chris Schwinden, Josh Stinson, Ruben Tejada, Josh Thole, Justin Turner and Jordany Valdespin.
Single-game tickets for home games are on sale beginning Monday on mets.com or by calling 718-507-TIXX.
The club has added to its concert lineup and scheduled Fireworks Night. The Friday-night series will feature REO Speedwagon following the game against the Reds on June 15, Cheap Trick after the game against the Dodgers on July 20 and MercyMe, a Christian rock band, following the game against the Braves on Aug. 10. Fireworks Night follows the game against the Phillies on July 3.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.