• Carlos Delgado Hip Harbinger For A-Rod’s Future?

    Posted by on February 21st, 2010 · Comments (6)

    The last two years have been rough on Carlos Delgado’s right hip. Note this timeline summary:

    March 2008:

    When Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado complained of hip discomfort, the nervous club — a strained right hip flexor kept him out for 16 days last September — hurriedly sent him to New York for an examination. The Mets are calling the diagnosis an impingement of the right hip, which is similar to a strain.

    May 2009:

    New York Mets slugger Carlos Delgado needs surgery on his right hip, and there’s no immediate word on when he might return to the lineup. The NL East leaders announced Monday that Delgado has a bone spur and a torn labrum in his hip. He will have surgery Tuesday. Delgado was put on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The first baseman is hitting .298 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 26 games. Delgado had been ailing for more than a week before going on the DL, and had not played since May 10.

    February 2010:

    Free agent first baseman Carlos Delgado will reportedly miss the next four months after undergoing hip surgery. According to the New York Post, which cites Delgado’s agent, David Sloane, Delgado underwent the procedure Wednesday on the same hip that bothered him last season. He eventually underwent surgery in May and missed the remainder of the season. Delgado, who will turn 38 years old in June, spent the last four seasons with the New York Mets. He was limited to just 26 games in 2009 and batted .298 with four homers and 23 RBI.

    When I read all this, I begin to wonder if the Yankees got lucky with how well Alex Rodriguez has done since his March 2009 hip surgery today to repair his torn labrum. Then again, Delgado had a strong 2008 after his hip started bothering him and it wasn’t until last season that it really started breaking down on him.

    How many more years does A-Rod have on his contract…it’s eight more years, right? What are the odds that his hip holds up for another 8 years?

    Think the Yankees ask themselves this same question from time to time?

    Comments on Carlos Delgado Hip Harbinger For A-Rod’s Future?

    1. 77yankees
      February 21st, 2010 | 11:03 pm

      Steve, whatever they get from A-Rod from here on out is more than they got out of Britt Burns back in 1986.

    2. February 21st, 2010 | 11:09 pm
    3. Evan3457
      February 22nd, 2010 | 2:45 am

      Not likely.

      A-Rod caught his hip problem in time, and has already returned at near top form. It was just a couple of days from the time he complained to his diagnosis, to his surgery. Delgado did a whole year’s worth of additional damage before it was diagnosed, and he went under the knife.

      Granted that injuries can re-cur, I stand by my opinion that A-Rod is very unlikely to follow Delgado’s career path.

    4. MJ Recanati
      February 22nd, 2010 | 8:52 am

      I see both sides. On the one hand, there is probably reason to worry that A-Rod will experience issues with that hip again at some point over the next eight years.

      On the other hand, Delgado had his first procedure done in coordination with the NYM medical staff. Without saying anything disparaging about the NYM doctors*, the truth is that A-Rod’s doctor is considered a leading expert in hip surgery. Perhaps if Delgado had gone to the top guy in this field, he may not be experiencing so much trouble so soon after his first procedure.

      *It may be a coincidence or it may just be tabloid malarkey but it does seem like NYM doctors don’t do a very good job and that the players don’t trust the medical staff on the ballclub…

    5. jay
      February 22nd, 2010 | 9:21 am

      Delgado also had his injury pop up at the end of his age 35 season, while Rodriguez had his in the offseason between his age 32 and 33 seasons. It’s probably also not irrelevant that Rodriguez and Delgado might not be totally comparable in their skill sets or their durability. Delgado missed about 25 games/season from age 30-35 (with the exception of his age 31 season). It also looks like the Mets ran him out there for 159 games in 2008. If he had a bad hip and didn’t get the right treatment and rest – and it certainly looks like that happened – that could be what has led this disaster for him.

      Delgado is also sneaking up on 500 HR’s. Weird how that number doesn’t mean as much anymore, at least to me.

    6. clintfsu813
      February 22nd, 2010 | 9:23 am

      @ jay:
      I guess its a good thing that Arod will get #600 this year ;)

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