NEW YORK -- If one player with a surgically repaired hip can help the Red Sox, can two players with surgically repaired hips help even more?
That's a question the Red Sox are at least willing to consider. With Mike Lowell already installed at first base to take the place of Kevin Youkilis, who underwent season-ending thumb surgery Friday, the Sox took a look at Carlos Delgado, the former Mets and Blue Jays star who like Lowell had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
Delgado, who has a home in nearby Greenwich, Conn., had contacted the Sox after Youkilis' thumb surgery, sent videos to the Sox of the rehab he has been doing and invited them to send a scout, according to an industry source. The Sox responded by asking, as long as we're in the neighborhood this weekend, why don't you come down to the stadium for a workout?
Delgado could potentially serve as a left-handed hitting complement to Lowell, but would need at least 10 days to two weeks of a rehab assignment, which makes him somewhat problematic as an option for a team that would prefer help sooner than later.
Delgado is 38, and while he is just two seasons removed from hitting 38 home runs and knocking in 115 runs, Lowell is cautionary proof that it is unrealistic to expect Delgado to be the player he was before surgery. Still, at least one club was said to be impressed by his condition, and several teams have shown interest, including the White Sox, a major league source told ESPNChicago.com.
But it remains to be seen if teams are just kicking the tires on Delgado, or see him as a legitimate option.
Mark Hale of the New York Post was the first to report that the Sox looked at Delgado.
Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.