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