Mets general manager Omar Minaya called the move precautionary. Delgado was bothered by his hip after Friday's 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. You remember that game, right? The one where Johan Santana pitched just marvelously....
"We said, 'Why don't we just get him to New York and get him checked out?' " Minaya said Saturday.
Delgado missed time last season with a strained hip flexor, but the injury does not appear related, Minaya said.
"I just don't expect it to be extended," he said.
Delgado struggled last season with a .258 average. He still provides considerably more pop than his potential backups. He hit 24 home runs and had 87 RBIs last season.
If Delgado can't play for an extended time, the Mets could turn to Damion Easley, Marlon Anderson or Olmedo Saenz. Jose Valentin was asked to bring a first base glove to camp. Minaya said the team has not looked outside the organization to fill a potential void.
And this pattern of injuries should continue throughout the season as it did the last 2 years.