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Carlos Delgado missed last night’s game due to a chronic hip issue, which he initially hurt sliding into the home on April 26.

Prior to yesterday’s game, Jerry Manuel said the hip injury is a ‘concern,’ noting Delgado is not likely to play tonight.

Omar Minaya told reporters Delgado has an inflamed hip joint, and could also have tendinitis.

In the New York Times, Ben Shpigel points out, “Delgado’s right hip ailment has been described by the Mets over the last two weeks as soreness, discomfort, inflammation and tendinitis… Delgado said he had an impingement.”

…ahh, yes, nothing like mixed messages and confused language from the Mets to ease my mind when it comes to injuries… ugh

According to multiple reports, Delgado did not indicate when he would return to the lineup – but, it should be noted he missed four consecutive starts a few weeks ago, when the injury first became an issue.

Last week, Manuel explained, “There will be days he’ll feel kind of cranky and days where he feels good.  We’ll have to find that balance.”

Delgado acknowledged a trip to the disabled list is a possibility, and something he would prefer should the pain continue.

However, the team insisted two weeks ago that such a move would do little to improve the soreness, and discomfort, and inflammation and tendinitis, or the impingement.

Delgado’s MRI did not reveal a torn labrum, which is what forced Alex Rodriguez and Chase Utley to have surgery.

In the New York Post, Mark Hale explains, “Delgado had the same injury last year in spring training, but after he took a cortisone shot, he was fine.  He did receive a cortisone shot a couple weeks ago, but this time it has not worked.”

“Well, he has a right to a second opinion,” Minaya said, according to Shpigel.  “But we’re comfortable and he’s comfortable with our doctors.”

Speaking of injuries…

Minaya also said Brian Schneider was scratched from his extended spring training game yesterday, saying there is no timetable for when he will return to action.

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