Thursday, May 14, 2009

Is Carlos Delgado done for the year?

Per Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado has several issues with his hip, which puts the rest of this season in jeopardy.

The Mets will make a decision Sunday on Delgado, but he has a small bone spur, impingement and partial tear in his right hip. The impingement can lead to labrum damage and/or degenerative arthritis.

The arthritis is something that could end Delgado's career, according to Hubbuch.

For now, the Mets will likely use Fernando Tatis at first. But manager Jerry Manuel told WFAN that Daniel Murphy may move to first.

In addition to Delgado's health woes, set-up man J.J. Putz has a bone spur in his elbow. If Putz's elbow responds well to a cortizone shot, he'll be ready to return this weekend.

On the season, Delgado was hitting .298 with four home runs and 23 runs batted in. He was hitting .423 in May (eight games).

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