Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta says he is suffering from symptoms that appear to be tied to the Chikungunya virus and expects the team to put him on the disabled list.
reports Peralta went home to the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break and began feeling sick on Friday.
“I’ve had a fever and pain in my joints,” Peralta said by telephone on Monday to MLB.com
. “Feels like all my joints are sore. That’s how I feel.”
The Chikungunya virus has become more common in the Caribbean and is spread through mosquitoes. The veteran reliever shared that he recalls being bitten by mosquitoes when he was in the Dominican Republic.
“I think so,” Peralta told MLB.com. “I kind of remember getting bit by a mosquito. One or two times.”
He explained that the only treatment has been Advil and Tylenol for his fever.