MIAMI -- Mets first baseman Ike Davis was a late scratch from Sunday's game with flu-like symptoms, which he attributed to a possible case of food poisoning. Jordany Valdespin replaced Davis in the lineup, playing second base, with regular second baseman Daniel Murphy shifting over to first. It marked Murphy's first appearance of the season at first base.
Starting pitcher Jon Niese also battled flu-like symptoms on the mound, and third-base coach Tim Teufel skipped Sunday's game with the flu. Bench coach Bob Geren filled in for Teufel in the coaching box.
Davis, Niese and Teufel became the latest victims of a bug that has claimed several Mets players in recent weeks. Outfielder Lucas Duda missed three games and lost 10 pounds earlier this month with the flu, catcher Mike Nickeas was so sick one day that he could not report to the ballpark, and pitcher Chris Schwinden also battled through illness while he was with the team.
Davis was finally starting to heat up at the plate, hitting two home runs in two games before an 0-for-5 performance Saturday. He is hitting .174 overall with five homers and 13 RBIs in 33 games, after making an unsuccessful pinch-hit appearance Sunday.
Niese, meanwhile labored through six innings, sweating through his jersey despite Marlins Park's climate-controlled atmosphere.
"I wasn't vomiting at all, but just kind of a runny nose, sore throat, body aches," Niese said. "I broke out in fever the last couple nights. You just fight through it."