Delgado May Return to Mets Despite Hip Surgery...

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 18, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 08:  Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets is congratulated in the dugout after his eighth inning three run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 7-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Between Jerry Manuel's less than positive outlook on Carlos Delgado's condition and the prospect of surgery, most of us Mets fans have come to accept the idea that Delgado might not be returning this year.

Delgado is an older player, which will make him slower to recover and with the amount of torque he places on his hips, it will be hard for him to rush back.

Also to be considered is the fact that were already into the second month of the season.

But the Mets believe that even if Delgado needs surgery he may return by August...

If Carlos Delgado needs hip surgery, the Mets think he can be back by Aug. 1, so right now their plan is to give Gary Sheffield a full-time shot in left field, move Daniel Murphy to first base, and use both of them with Fernando Tatis and Ryan Church in a LF-RF-1B rotation. source ESPN