Red Sox sign Carlos Delgado to minor league deal

The banged-up Boston Red Sox have signed free agent slugger

Carlos Delgado to a minor league contract.

The 38-year-old Delgado has not played in the majors since May

2009 for the New York Mets. He has had two hip surgeries since

then.

Delgado is set to report to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. He

played winter ball in Puerto Rico during the offseason before hip

problems slowed him.

Delgado has 473 career home runs.

Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis had season-ending surgery on

his thumb Friday and Mike Lowell took his spot.

Delgado worked out for the Red Sox on Friday at Yankee Stadium

and manager Terry Francona says he swung the bat well. But Francona

cautioned Saturday that it’s too early to project what to expect

from Delgado.