PHOENIX -- Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado suffered a right oblique strain in his attempt to rehab from another injury, a top club official said on Wednesday.
Delgado was working out at the Mets complex this past weekend in Port St. Lucie, Fla., recovering from surgery to repair an impingement and torn labrum in his right hip. He'll now be set back in his recovery by at least a couple of weeks.
Delgado was feeling some discomfort in his side and returned to New York, where he was examined by Dr. Struan Coleman, one of the team physicians, who diagnosed the latest injury.
"He's going to stay in New York and work [with the therapists] until he's pain free," said assistant general manager John Ricco, who spoke to the media during the middle of Wednesday's road-trip finale against the D-backs at Chase Field. "He won't resume baseball activities until that kind of clears up. So right now his recovery is put on hold."
Delgado has been out since May 11 and is on the 60-day disabled list. He was projected to possibly return from the original injury this coming weekend when the Mets are home for a four-game series against the Giants, but now that's not going to happen.
"I asked the doctor about the severity of the injury and he said it wasn't a severe type of thing," Ricco said. "I asked him about the possibility of him resuming baseball activities in a couple of weeks and he said that was definitely a possibility. It's not the type where it's going to be a month.
"The one thing [Coleman] did say is the hip was feeling better. It's unfortunate that this popped up."
In any event, with the Minor League season ending on Sept. 1, time is growing very short for any kind of recovery and action for Delgado in 2009.
"The season is getting short here," Ricco said. "We're going to run out of days at some point."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.