Mets GM Omar Minaya will hold a conference call with reporters today at 4 pm, which will air live on SNY.
Update, 4:04 pm:
Minaya is confident in his team’s doctors who say Delgado can return to the lineup in 10 weeks, though that will obviously all depend on how his rehab goes.
He says he is confident his current group of players, who can play first base, namely Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis, will be able to handle the position in Delgado’s absence.
Update, 4:09 pm:
Minaya said he is always involved in talks with other players, regarding all positions, whether first base, pitching or another position.
Payroll will not be an obstacle, Minaya explained, should an attractive trade become a possibility.
He believes Gary Sheffield will show improvement as a productive, middle-of-the-order hitter as he gets more at bats, Minaya explained.
Update, 4:12 pm:
“I always thought that Murphy is a guy we would have to consider as a first base down the line,” Minaya said.
He does not see much risk in using Murphy and Tatis at first base, who he believes can be full-time players, noting that Reed is equally valuable as a defensive replacement in the outfield.
Update, 4:13 pm:
“I do anticipate Delgado being back, but we have to plan for everything,” Minaya said, when asked if Delgado will return in 2009.
Minaya does not know how long the team will be without Alex Cora.
Update, 4:14 pm:
Minaya believes Jose Reyes is getting better, according to reports from doctors. Minaya said if it was September, Reyes would be in the lineup.
Update, 4:19 pm:
Delgado will be back, Minaya said again, adding, “The question is, how strong will he be when he gets back.”
The conference call is over.