In what may end up becoming one of the biggest news stories of 2009, there are unconfirmed reports that Mets OF Carlos Beltran may have come down with a case of H1N1 Influenza A. This is more commonly known as the Swine Flu.
An SNY (the Mets flagship station) employee had been flying with the Mets team this past Sunday, when suddenly Beltran as well as pitcher John Maine fell seriously ill. It was later revealed that the reporter had been experiencing some flu-like symptoms, and he was immediately sent home from his assignment. His test results will be known by the end of the week.
Over the past two days, the two players fell increasingly sick. It has been reported by MLB.com earlier today that the teammates were under constant watch by organization staff, and there was little reason to believe it was the flu. Assistant general manager John Riccio went as far as saying it was most likely a stomach ailment versus the actual flu.
However, the hours have gone on, and Fox 5 NY is reporting otherwise. While Maine is beginning to feel better, the case is strongly different for Carlos. The Fox station had reported that it was possible that the Mets outfielder had contracted Swine Flu. Later on in the night, the station would change their claim, stating it appeared to be more of a “gastrointestinal virus”.
It is unknown at this time how the potential diagnose will affect his playing status.
Once again, these are unconfirmed reports, and it can be assured there will be more to come as it is learned.
UPDATE**10:57 PM EST-As mentioned earlier, the initial reports and primary source of this article are out of Fox 5 NY. We are still awaiting confirmation on the issue, but do not expect it anytime soon. Please stay posted.
UPDATE**11:03 PM EST-While we are currently one of a few sources reporting the story, we stand by it until it is denied. Fox 5 NY as mentioned prior, is still our primary backing. At no point are we liable for false report. Please stay posted.
UPDATE**11:11 PM EST-SFC recently fell upon this report written earlier
today. It can be found here. While this does not report Carlos has it, it does point to the possibility. Please stay posted.
UPDATE**11:24 PM EST-As mentioned in that post, the New York Post has stated that the stricken SNY producer is named Dan Barr. He has been under intense evaluation for the past few hours. Though Beltran has not shown direct signs, he has apparently been showing similar symptoms.
UPDATE**11:34 PM EST-Fox News is now claiming that it is more likely to be a “gastrointestinal virus”. This will be it as far as updates for tonight, as I as well as all of the sports community hope that it is no more than this.