Or as former Met turned Goon, Randy Spike Milligan once wrote…“I Told You I Was Sick!”
As Adam Rubin noted, just nine days before Davis acknowledged his illness, the Mets “maintained upon his return to camp Feb. 23 following an exam in New York that (1) Davis had a “minor” lung infection, he could resume activities without restriction, and the issue was resolved in their minds. Yet Valley Fever, given the potential severity of its symptoms after as much as a three-week incubation period, hardly qualifies as a ‘minor lung infection.’”
Had this been a one-time incident, the Mets probably would be getting a pass from reporters and fans alike. After all, how often does a team face a Valley Fever diagnosis? This pattern has become so familiar, however, that its shocking when a Mets player does have the injury announced by the team, and misses anywhere close to the time the team estimates.
...This has been going on for years with the Mets.
At an offseason baseball event, Newsday beat writer Dave Lennon described former Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado this way: “Delgado looks like he could play tomorrow, but even now, the surgically repaired hip still bothers him a little.”
That injury, of course, was described by the Mets in May 2009 at various points as soreness, discomfort, inflammation, tendinitis and then an impingement. He was listed as day-to-day, and never played in the major leagues again.