Carlos Delgado was just starting to rehab with a chance of coming back in August, but that’s all on hold now as an oblique strain -- as in, he strained his oblique, not that his strain was non-perpendicular in some way -- has likely ended his season:
Oblique strains are potentially debilitating abdominal injuries that have kept players younger than Delgado, 37, off the field for far longer than two weeks. But Ricco said Delgado’s injury was not severe.
“I talked to the doctor about that,” Ricco said. “I asked about the possibility of him being back in a couple weeks and resuming baseball activities, and he said that was definitely a possibility. ... Now how his body responds, we’ll see.”
Is there a single thing about the health history of a 37 year-old player, or anything else about the 2009 Mets, really, that makes such optimism reasonable? Delgado is almost certainly done for the year.