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).

The Hot Corner, 5/14

All-time hit leader Pete Rose, who's not in the Hall of Fame due to betting, says he'd vote for A-Rod right now. "Would I vote for A-Rod right now based on his record?" Rose said. "Right now, I would. Manny Ramirez? He's not quite there, but he'll get there."

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman saw his hitting streak end at 30 games yesterday. He was 0-for-3 with two walks.

Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring and have recalled outfielder Nick Stavinoha from Triple-A Memphis.

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, who had a bullpen session Tuesday, will have another bullpen session on Friday. If all goes well, he will be starting a week after that.

Has 2008 Cy Young winner Cliff Lee regained his Cy Young form? He has an ERA of 1.43 through yesterday's shutout win in his last 44 innings pitched.

White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye and manager Ozzie Guillen were ejected from yesterday's game against Cleveland.

Derek Jeter was out of the lineup Tuesday night, last night and perhaps tonight with a sore right oblique. And he didn't do it "hula-hooping."

Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang threw six scoreless innings for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre with an effective sinker.

NY Mets streaker Craig Coakley, who faces up to a year in jail and a fine of $5,000, has planned it for the past eight years, according to his sister, per the NY Daily News.

"I'm still trying to get used to pitching in this eighth inning and trying to find some adrenaline because it's not like pitching in the ninth, I'll tell you that," Putz said on WFAN before Wednesday's 8-7 loss in 12 innings to Atlanta. "You just really don't have that heart-pounding sensation. I was talking with a couple of the guys. I think that's where those two or three miles an hour are, that adrenaline."

Per the Chicago Sun-Times, Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is on pace to return from the DL. ''It's encouraging,'' manager Lou Piniella said. ''The news was good. He's ready to pitch.''