Illness gives Diamondbacks outfielder Conor Jackson new perspective

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- After missing most of last season with valley fever, Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Conor Jackson has reported to spring training with a whole new outlook.

He arrived at camp early to work on conditioning and reconnect with the teammates he couldn't help last year. While Arizona struggled, finishing last in the National League West, Jackson lost 30 pounds and stayed in bed most of the time while being treated for the disease.

Jackson says the viral infection showed him that there is a lot more to life than the game. But the 27-year-old thinks he still has
plenty of baseball left in him.

Jackson hit .425 with two homers in the Dominican Republic winter league and says he "feels great."