Carlos Delgado talking about his recovery while on crutchesÂ - “I think it’s going to happen sometime this year. I can’t guarantee nothing,” Delgado said at the third annual Mets Foundation “Teammates in the Community” charitable fundraising event, featuring current and former Mets players and team personnel mingling with fans.
“When I’m healthy, I’m going to come back,” he said. “No one really knows. The doctors said everything went well, but it’s going to take a little while to heal. Some people are talking about eight weeks, some people about 10 weeks. The plan is to get healthy first and once I’m good to play for the duration, I’m going back.”
He went into the operation to remove a bone spur and repair a torn labrum thinking positive thoughts, and he has come out of it the same way. Delgado, who is 27 homers short of joining the 500 club, said he plans on playing next season as well, although he will turn 37 next month and his contract expires after this season.”
How confident dose this make you feel?Â Really.Â Last week, the feeling was he’ll be gone 8-10 weeks (not including Minor League Rehab), meaning he would be looking at August as a return date.Â Now, the possibility is being thrown out there that Delgado may be out the whole year, and given his age and type of injury, is likely.
Without trying to come off like Chicken Little with half a head, I don’t feel encouraged about this.Â Assuming Delgado’s rehab goes well, we must take into account that it’ll take some time for him to regain his bat speed.Â Last yr, that was primarily his issue in the 1st half of the season.Â That and uh… Wille, (cough)*
So what areÂ the alternatives?Â Â Assuming (Damn, it feels so good to use that word!) Delgado is gone for the yr, do we go with a platoon of Murphy and Tatis, or doÂ we make a trade?Â I feel the best alternative is to stick it out withÂ Tatis and Murph.Â Tatis plays the positionÂ well and Murphy is looking more and more confident out there, plus the plan wasÂ for him to one day man the position.Â That day is now.
Aside from a couple Tatis spot starts a week, Murphy should be playing at 1st everyday.Â He’s been playing there consistently and now with aÂ breakoutÂ performance on Weds,Â he’s in for a hot streak.Â But I feel that can only happen if Murphy becomes a regular starter for this team.Â His place isn’t on the bench, its out on the field.Â But is he ready for the responsibility?
Or is the alternative to look into a trade?Â Â We’ve gone down this avenue before.Â Nick Johnson obviously comes to mind, and reports are that he’d welcome a trade to the Mets.
Per The Daily News,
“Nick Johnson earned his stripes in the Bronx and he suffered a broken leg in a horrific collision three years ago at Shea. But the ex-Yank isn’t averse to returning to New York if the Mets seek to acquire him from Washington as a possible replacement for injured first baseman Carlos Delgado. “I can’t worry about rumors or any of that stuff, I just have to go play. If it happens, it does; if I’m here, great,” Johnson said before going 0-for-4 in the Mets’ 6-1 victory last night. “I don’t deal with anything until it happens…. But I enjoyed (New York). Fans are into it, they want to win. It’s all about winning and that’s what I want to play for, to get that ring on my finger. I definitely had a good time while I was here those three years.”
BecauseÂ the Nationals are a joke of an organization (I think Walter Matthau could’ve runÂ this team better. RIP), there are going to want alot in return, especially pitching… a lot of it.Â With a starting rotation of rookie Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detweiler, they’re looking forÂ good, quality young starters i.e. Jon Niese and Dillon Gee.Â Oh andÂ have you taken a look at that bullpen?Â They make the 2008 Mets bullpen look like theÂ 1990 Nasty Boys.Â Purely horrid.Â TheyÂ wouldÂ love toÂ get their hands on Bobby Parnell and that’s not gonna happen.
What to do, what to do?
Added to by TRS:
If you missed yesterday’s poll on this subject click here:Â Carlos Delgado Poll