The Truth About Delgado
So 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.