Former Mets slugger Delgado visit former teammates

Free-agent slugger Carlos Delgado took a break from his rehab

following hip surgery to visit his former New York Mets teammates

at Coors Field.

The first baseman said he’s focused on getting healthy and not

on his return to baseball. The 37-year-old Delgado has said he

still hopes to play.

Dr. Marc Philippon, who also repaired Alex Rodriguez’s hip last

year, operated on Delgado in Vail, Colo., in February. It was

Delgado’s second hip surgery in nine months. His first operation

was in New York.

“I’m getting a lot more Colorado than I bargained for,”

Delgado told The Associated Press as he watched batting practice

from the Mets dugout before the game against the Colorado

Rockies.

“I’ve been in Vail for almost nine weeks now. Getting my work

done. I don’t do a whole lot, I go in and get my work done in the

morning and then go home and play with the kids and then go back in

the afternoon and go do my PT then go back and hang out. I wasn’t

expecting summer weather here.”

Delgado played 26 games for the Mets last season before the

injury stopped him. He played winter ball in Puerto Rico and was

working out while trying to latch on with a team when he opted for

a second operation.

“I’m feeling great,” Delgado said. “Things are going good.

It’s been eight weeks. A lot of rehab and I’ve been on crutches for

eight weeks and everything is good.”

He didn’t want to talk about potential suitors, however.

“Oh, I’m not talking baseball,” he said. “I’m talking rehab.

That’s the most important thing. My main concern is to get healthy

and then we deal with whatever phone calls we get and whatever

options I have in front of me.”

Delgado said he’ll ditch his crutches on Wednesday and expects

to be running soon. He also said he doesn’t view his protracted

rehab as a chore.

“I don’t see it that way, if you want to get better you have to

put your time in,” Delgado said. “You can’t expect to be great by

sitting at home and not doing your rehab and not doing the

exercises you’re supposed to do. Sometimes you just have to do what

you have to do, pay the price for that short period of time and

move on.”