The Truth About Delgado

Carlos Delgado of the New York MetsSo Carlos Delgado tweaked his hip or something during the Mets’ win over the Reds a few nights ago. No big deal, right? He’ll be out a week or so, according to the Mets.

Unfortunately, that may not be the truth.

Here’s the “skinny” on Delgado (pardon the pun, for those of you who know what “deglado” means en espanol):

Mets vice president Tony Bernazard didn’t feel entirely comfortable making a guarantee that Delgado will be fully functional come postseason time.

“I’m not confident he’s going to be all right,” Bernazard said. “We expect him to be okay, according to the information that our doctors gave us.”

See, the above is from the NJ-based Bergen Record, as quoted by Jeremy Cothran.

Compare that to the quote that nearly every other media outlet is carrying:

The Mets announced after today’s game that first baseman Carlos Delgado has a strained right hip flexor and will be out a week to 10 days.

“We’re assuming he’s going to be back,” assistant general manager Tony Bernazard said about Delgado’s availability for the playoffs.

Um … okay …

The second quote sounds a lot better, eh? That first one, though, bothers the heck out of me, particularly this part:

“I’m not confident he’s going to be all right,”

I really really really really hope the “not” part was a misquote. Somehow, though, I don’t think so, since Bernazard is “… assuming he’s going to be back …” rather than something such as “confident he’ll be back”, or “certain he’ll be back.”

While you can say that the Mets did fine for most of the year while Delgado was slumping, let’s face it — the way Carlos has been swinging over the last month, he’s a welcome sight at the plate with runners on base. His batting average is still only around .250, sure, but 22 RBI in his last 27 games is pretty damn productive.

At several points this season, there was plenty of justification to pull Delgado out of the lineup. However, right now, in the September stretch run, with Delgado finally heating up … well, let’s just say I’m a bit disappointed not to have him for the last two series against the Braves and Phillies.

Let’s hope Shawn Green and Jeff Conine can pick up the slack.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. metbaseball September 7, 2007 at 8:34 am
    Joe,

    With regard to your comment, “Let’s hope Shawn Green and Jeff Conine can pick up the slack,” I hope you have a lot of HOPE in you. Both players are further past their prime than Delgado was and neither has been that impressive this season.

    The metbaseball blogger

  2. isuzudude September 7, 2007 at 10:35 am
    Hey, we could always do thing the “Yankee Way” and make a late season trade for a pricey but aging veteran to fill the gap at 1B for a few weeks. How about Jim Thome? Or Aubrey Huff? Maybe bring back Mo Vaughn?
  3. joe September 7, 2007 at 10:38 am
    I was thinking we could give Ken Phelps a call, see what he’s up to. A quick dose of HGH might be just the thing to get him swinging well again, and if he gets caught, who cares? His career’s over anyway.
  4. isuzudude September 7, 2007 at 1:53 pm
    And how can we forget Keith Hernandez? The mustache is just a stone’s throw from the 1B bag every night calling games for SNY. Rip the ice cream cones out of his hands and march him down to the field. Certainly he can do no worse that Green or Conine, right?
  5. joe September 7, 2007 at 2:46 pm
    Not a bad idea. And if he can get the same cocktail Barroid Bonds uses, he might hit for some power as well!