Carlos Delgado might have played his last game for the New York Mets.
The slugger had another setback while rehabbing from right-hip surgery and it appears increasingly unlikely that he’ll be able to return to the lineup before the season ends.
Sidelined since May 11, Delgado tried again to run outside last weekend but his hip became inflamed. He said the recent soreness in his side and back also were related to the hip injury.
“It’s been a long, kind of frustrating four months,” Delgado said Friday. “I don’t have very much time, so I mean, I don’t want to rule anything out. We’ll see how it is over the weekend and I guess soon we’ll have to make a decision. It’s kind of unfortunate because you like to see things go smooth.”
Delgado, 37, can become a free agent after this season, his fourth in New York. He has been ravaged by injuries all year, and the Mets might look for a younger and perhaps less expensive option at first base in 2010.
“I like it here. We have a great team. A player in my situation where I’ve been around for a few years, you walk in this clubhouse, you’ve got a chance to win. Obviously, we’ve got to get healthier, but I think we’re in the process of doing that. It offers you a great opportunity,” Delgado said. “We haven’t really talked to the front office in regard to that, but if that’s the case I’d like to come back.”
Andy Pettitte came away from his regular bullpen session without any problems on Friday before the Yankees opened a six-game road trip in Seattle, and the lefty is expected to start on Monday night in Anaheim against the AL West leading Los Angeles Angels. … Colorado closer Huston Street could return as early as Sunday from biceps tendinitis that has sidelined him since Sept. 1. … Oakland has placed pitcher Vin Mazzaro on the 60-day disabled list due to shoulder tendinitis, ending the right-hander’s season. Outfielder Matt Carson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. … Tim Wakefield made it through a bullpen session without reporting any weakness in his legs, and Boston manager Terry Francona said the knuckleballer is on target to start Monday at Kansas City. Wakefield has experienced a strength deficiency in his legs, a condition related to the back problems that sent him to the disabled list for five weeks.