Adam Rubin of the Daily News is reporting that Carlos Delgado suffered a strained right oblique muscle while rehabbing from hip surgery in Port St. Lucie, assistant GM John Ricco said. Delgado was examined in New York by doctor Struan Coleman on Wednesday. Ricco indicated that the strain was not believed to be overly severe.
“The thought is possibly in a couple of weeks he could be back swinging,” Ricco said.
Of course, that means Delgado can’t resume doing baseball activities until the end of the month, and he still has work to do to ready the hip following surgery to repair a torn labrum and remove a bone spur.
After speaking with Coleman, Ricco said about the conversation: “The one thing he did say is the hip is feeling better.”
Ricco did acknowledge that the Mets’ injured players don’t have forever to return, even if they’re all aiming to be back this season. Carlos Beltran (bone bruise in knee) and Jose Reyes (hamstring tendon strain) remain in New York, not working out in Florida.
“You’re going to run out of days at some point,” Ricco said.
So in the immortal words of our GM Omar Minaya, “we’ll continue to wait for our guys to come back. Why should we go out and trade for people when help is on the way?”
Or as our team leader Jerry Manuel said, “As long as we play .500 ball, we’ll be right there in the thick of it when our guys come back.”
Or as P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”