According to both Newsday’s David Lennon and the New York Post’s Twitter updates, the Mets have announced that an SNY employee, who may have had contact with Mets players, has been exposed to the highly publicized swine flu.
The SNY employee has since been taken into isolation in Pittsburgh.
They also announced that while Carlos Beltran and John Maine are both under the weather they aren’t showing symptoms consistent with those of swine flu.
While this is something the team has to keep an eye on, there is certainly no reason to panic as the majority of cases of swine flu are not life threatening, and are in fact more mild than the regular flu.
For those of you who are wondering SNY is a regional sports network that covers the Mets and airs a majority of their regular season games. The Mets have part ownership in the network. SNY employees come in contact with the Mets players on a regular basis, whether it be for interviews or filming for their weekly TV shows.
Update (5:59 PM): Despite not showing symptoms, Mets CF Carlos Beltran is not at PNC Park tonight because the team is not positive that he does not have swine flu.
Update (6:12 PM): The Mets trainers have revealed that the possible infected SNY employee is a Mets game producer.
Update (7:25 PM): The New York Post has identified the producer as Assistant Producer, Dan Barr. Here is a picture of him: http://twitpic.com/5674n.