Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As anticipated, Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado underwent successful surgery on Tuesday morning to remove a bone spur and repair a labrum tear in his right hip. The Mets expect Delgado to need approximately 10 weeks to recover.
Delgado, 36, was placed on the disabled list Saturday with an impingement of his right hip, which had caused the labrum tear. The Mets announced on Monday that he would undergo surgery on the joint.
Team physician Dr. Struan Coleman performed the operation in New York.
Barring a trade, the Mets will proceed over the next 10 weeks using a combination of Fernando Tatis, Jeremy Reed and Daniel Murphy at first base. None has significant experience at the position; Reed made an error in the 11th inning Monday that allowed the Dodgers to score the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Mets.
"Last night does not change anything," general manager Omar Minaya said on a conference call Tuesday afternoon. "We feel that we have the answers within the organization with Tatis, with Murphy, with Reed. I do feel that our guys are going to have to step up, and I think they will and get the job done."
Minaya said he was not planning on pursuing a full-time replacement for Delgado at first base.
"We'll kind of see how this plays out," Minaya said. "I do anticipate him being back, but we have to plan for everything."
Delgado, who led the Mets last season with 38 home runs, was batting .298 with four homers before the injury.
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