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Mets hit with injury problems

May 14, 2009 6:11:17 PM PDT
The New York Mets opened a 10-game trip without reliever J.J. Putz, who had a cortisone shot to alleviate inflammation in his right elbow, and are increasingly concerned about ailing first baseman Carlos Delgado. Putz received the injection Thursday in New York and then joined the team for the series opener in San Francisco.

"He should be available after two days," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.

In his first season with the Mets, Putz gave up runs against Atlanta both Tuesday and Wednesday. That lifted his ERA to 4.05.

Delgado, New York's 36-year-old cleanup hitter, missed all three games against the Braves because of a sore hip, an injury sustained April 26 while sliding during a triple against Washington. He missed five straight starts, then returned to the lineup May 4 and played seven straight games - all won by the Mets - before the pain flared up again.

On Wednesday, manager Jerry Manuel said he feared Delgado could be put on the disabled list as soon as Friday if the hip didn't improve.

Minaya said Delgado had a bone spur in addition to an impingement.

"Right now we're going to take through the weekend to see how he's doing," the general manager said. "He's doing some new exercises."

Delgado is batting .298 with four homers and 23 RBIs. Fernando Tatis started at first base against the Braves and hit a grand slam in Wednesday's 8-7, 12-inning loss.


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