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Delgado attends Mets fundraiser

Delgado attends Mets fundraiser

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Current Mets and team legends got together Thursday for a charity auction at Richards of Greenwich to benefit the Mets Foundation.

But among a crowd that included Tom Seaver, Darryl Strawberry and David Wright, the most conspicuous Met was first baseman Carlos Delgado, who made his first public appearance since undergoing surgery on his right hip on May 19.

"I feel pretty good," Delgado said. "I was going in very positive and I took in a good attitude thinking everything was going to work out well. ... So far so good."

Delgado was at Citi Field Monday and Wednesday night to watch the Mets beat up on the Washington Nationals. It was a chance to get out of the house and see his teammates.

"It's weird being home in May," he said. "I'm not doing too much, sitting in bed and watching TV. That's unusual for me, but you've got to do what you've got to do."

Delgado's injury is similar to those suffered by the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Phillies' Chase Utley. While the initial prognosis was for Delgado to miss 8-10 weeks, he said he would be back when he felt healthy.

Manager Jerry Manuel wasn't concerned about any lingering effects when his first baseman returns.

"Because he's a first baseman and doesn't have to be in a position that requires a lot of range, I don't think it will be an issue," Manuel said. "I look forward to him being fresh."

Delgado is just one of several Mets regulars forced to the sidelines recently. Fellow starters Jose Reyes and Ryan Church were placed on the disabled list Tuesday and center fielder Carlos Beltran missed the last two games with a bone bruise below his right knee.

Manuel said that Beltran is on track to return to the lineup Friday when the Mets open a three-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field.

Delgado's replacement in the cleanup spot, Gary Sheffield, is also nursing a tender right hamstring. Sheffield injured the hamstring rounding third on what was eventually ruled Daniel Murphy's two-run homer Wednesday night. He underwent treatment on the hamstring after the game and planned on being in the lineup Friday.

The Mets have been able to keep winning despite all the injuries, posting victories in five of their last six games to move back into first place in the National League East. This has Sheffield excited about the team's potential when it does return to health.

"Things happen for a certain reason," he said. "It puts into guys' minds that when we're fully charged and ready to go, what kind of team can we be?"

The recent success on the field, though, didn't mean the Mets weren't looking forward to the day off to nurse their various ailments -- and raise money for the Mets Foundation with the third-annual auction.

"It's really a feel-good night," said Bill Mitchell, one of the general managers at Richards. "We've had a couple of great years doing this."

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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