The Mets put first baseman Carlos Delgado on the disabled list retroactive to May 10, 2009. He hasn’t played because of soreness in his hip that hasn’t been relieved by the treatment he’s received from team trainers. He’s on his way back to New York to be examined by doctors and may require surgery to resolve the problem.
Angel Pagan will replace Delgado on the roster. He’s played in three games at Triple-A Buffalo hitting 4 for 14 (.286) with 2 triples and 2 RBI’s. Pagan had elbow surgery in March.
I expect to see Daniel Murphy, Fernando Tatis, and Jeremy Reed to split time at first base in Delgado’s absence. Murphy’s stint at first could be a preview for next season as Delgado’s contract end this year with the Mets.
This also means that Gary Sheffield will be playing almost every day in left field. Jerry Manuel feels that Sheffield adds the power to the lineup that’s missing without Delgado. Of course, this reduces Murphy’s playing time so he’ll need to get some at-bat’s at first base.