Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Believes He Has Contracted Chikungunya

TAMPA, (CBS Tampa) – Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta is suffering from symptoms that resemble those of the Chikungunya virus and expects the team to put him on the disabled list.

Peralta went home to the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break and explained that he 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 Caribbean countries and is spread through mosquitoes. The veteran reliever shared that he remembers coming into contact with some while 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.

“It’s supposed to last a week, then it just goes away,” he told MLB.com. “I do feel better today. Able to walk better.”

Peralta, who is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 appearances this season, made his last appearance on July 12 against Toronto.

He is unsure if he will be placed on the disabled list, but if he is, it will be the first time in his career.

“I don’t know yet, but it’s most likely because I need a couple of days to get back,” he said to MLB.com.

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