Time for the truth. I wasn’t sure what Chikungunya virus was, but it didn’t sound like something I would want. Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta thinks he may have contacted the virus during the All-Star break while visiting the Dominican Republic.
The virus is transferred by mosquitoes in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It has also recently been found in Caribbean countries.
The symptoms of the chikungunya virus include virus infection, fever and joint pain. Headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, and rashes can also occur.
Peralta took ill on Friday and was seen by Minnesota Twins doctors. Peralta has not pitched since the break and was unavailable to pitch in Sunday’s series finale with the Twins and may have to be placed on the disabled list.
Since June 11, the Rays are 23-11, the best mark in the AL East, and have closed to within six games of .500.