If Delgado Goes On the DL Who Gets Called Up?

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 09:  Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 10-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets are expected to make a decision, on whether to send Carlos Delgado to the disabled list, by the end of the week.

Delgado has missed three games, for the second time in less then a month, due to a hip condition, that has been described in many ways. While no one has given a clear cut diagnosis, one thing is clear, the condition isn't going away and he'll either have to play through it or be shelved.
Jerry Manuel has admitted that he isn't optimistic about Delgado's condition and is very concerned about him moving forward. At this point, I say, place him on the disabled list and hope the rest improves his condition, while allowing the Mets to fill his roster spot, so that they're not constantly playing short handed.
According to Adam Rubin if the Mets place Delgado on the DL, the leading candidates to come up are Ramon Martinez and Mike Lamb. Martinez filled in nicely, at the end of last season, for a slumping Luis Castillo and Lamb was once considered a major power threat with the Astros.
Other Buffalo players that could be considered; Wily Mo Pena who has been slowed by a calf injury and Angel Pagan who is in Buffalo but still rehabbing his elbow.
Although ex-Astro Mike Lamb has a modest .122 average in 14 games since joining the Bisons, observers say he’s hitting the ball hard and suggest he or fellow infielder Ramon Martinez, who made a rapid recovery from sports hernia surgery, could be the most likely call-up to replace Carlos Delgado if the first baseman lands on the disabled list source Daily News

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