If Delgado Goes on the DL, Does Wily Mo Pena Come Up?

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 1, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets in the field against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on April 19, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Carlos Delgado was a late scratch from tonight's line-up after he felt discomfort in his ailing hip while going through warm-up drills prior to the game. It's the third game in a row that Delgado has missed and Manager Jerry Manuel said that if he couldn't go Saturday, there's a chance they might have to DL the starting first baseman. This is his fourth season with the Mets and while he has fought through injuries to his wrist and hip since he came here, I believe, this would be his first trip to the DL.

The Mets can continue to use Fernando Tatis as their first baseman and if he needs a day off, either Jeremy Reed or Alex Cora could fill-in. In an emergency they could even go to Dan Murphy or Gary Sheffield at first base, in say an extra innings games where multiple substitutions were made. So the Mets really don't need to replace Delgado with a first baseman.

Buffalo is struggling and not many of their players are hitting very much, it will be interesting to see who the Mets call-up. Bobby Keilty was probably the first in line but he's still on the disabled list and isn't back for another month. Nick Evans was finally benched after he started the season at first base and was hitting .098, Evans was replaced by Michel Abreu who is hitting .209. The Mets recently signed veteran 1B/3B Mike Lamb who only has 11 AB and is hitting . 091. Of course, they could bring up top prospect Fernando Martinez who is hitting .260 with a Slg. Pct. of .429, but at this point all he would be is a pinch hitter and it really wouldn't make sense for him to come up to ride the bench.

It would really make sense for the Mets to bring up Wily Mo Pena, it's a small sample size but Pena is hitting .375 in eight at bats and has a .750 Slg. pct. The 27 y/o corner outfielder is attempting to prove his shoulder has recovered from 2008 season ending surgery. Throughout his career, Pena has been a part time player and has grown accustom to providing right handed power off the bench.

Jerry Manuel said the Mets will have to seriously consider placing Carlos Delgado on the DL if the slugger isn't showing improvement with his balky right hip by Saturday. source Surfing The Mets - NY Daily News