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Monday, April 9, 2012
Davis headed for valley fever checkup

By Adam Rubin

Terry Collins plans to rest Ike Davis on Tuesday, as to not overtax the first baseman, who doctors suspect has a latent case of valley fever.

Davis should get more clarity with respect to the illness when he visits doctors in New York earlier in the day for a follow-up test planned since the issue first was flagged in a spring-training physical.

“We’ll see what they say -- if it looks better or if it’s gotten worse or whatever,” Davis said. “I don’t really feel any side effects. But we’ll see what the doc says. I’m sure it’s nothing. I’m going to get a lot of blood tests tomorrow -- get some metal injected into me.”

Valley fever is a fungal infection prevalent among residents of the Southwest. The fungus is released from the soil and inhaled. Davis spends his offseasons in Phoenix. Severe cases can severely deplete a person’s energy level. Getting run down can exacerbate symptoms.

Davis said he likely would not have been aware of the issue without it coming up during his spring-training physical.

“I probably wouldn’t have known,” Davis said.

Asked if the Mets were being too cautious by resting him Tuesday, Davis indicated it is the right call to sit. He cited his 0-for-15 start to the season, though, as justification. Justin Turner instead will start at first base -- Turner’s first major league action at the position.

“Honestly, it’s probably smart right now to give me a day,” Davis said. “I mean, do I want to come out? No, because I want to get a damn hit. But it’s a lefty [Ross Detwiler]. I haven’t got a hit all year. And J.T. needs to get some at-bats. It’s smart managing, I think.”

Davis said he felt good at the plate Monday, despite going 0-for-4. He had homered in each of his final three spring-training games, but those results have not carried into the regular season.

“I’ve hit them hard. I just can’t get them into fair territory,” Davis said about his regular-season futility thus far. “The pitchers are making some decent pitches on me. They haven’t really left anything over the heart in the last four games. I mean, they’ve been hitting their corners pretty freakin’ … it almost feels like every time. I actually saw the ball the best today off of any pitcher, off of Edwin [Jackson], and I just didn’t get any hits. I had chances, which is nice.

“The good thing is, it is early and I’ve got a lot of time to make up ground. The good part about it is it hasn’t affected the team. It has, but it hasn’t, because we got four Ws in the four games I haven’t gotten a hit. My teammates are picking me up. Really, all I can do right now it play good defense and keep working.”

As for the valley fever, Davis prefers almost any other topic -- even the ankle injury that sidelined him after May 10 last season.

“Ankle’s great,” Davis said.

Trying to stay away from the valley fever topic, even Davis’ marital status jokingly came up in a postgame interview Monday.

“Still single,” Davis said. “Probably going to stay that way after this four games.”