Remember last week when Noah Syndergaard contracted hand-foot-and-mouth disease while the Mets were visiting the Bronx? Well, according to George A. King III, J.A. Happ was sent home with the same disease today.
If you’re not familiar, hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a contagious viral infection that most commonly occurs in children under the age of five. It is characterized by painful sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. HFMD can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, airborne respiratory droplets (coughing and sneezing), and saliva. People are usually most contagious during the first week of the illness, but can sometimes be contagious for days or weeks after the symptoms go away. It’s also possible to contract the disease without developing symptoms and then pass it along to someone else unknowingly.
This could mess up the team’s plans for the upcoming series against the Red Sox. Happ is currently slated to start Saturday’s game, but they’ll likely have to wait and see how he feels later in the week. In the meantime, Luis Cessa will only pitch one inning during his scheduled Triple-A start just in case they need him.