From the free weekly e-mail of The Baseball Injury Report:
Delgado had surgery back in October 2006 to repair carpal tunnel syndrome in his
right wrist. Like Sheffield, he's off to a very slow start at the plate, hitting
just one home run in 91 at-bats (at presstime). Last season, even with the
carpal tunnel syndrome bothering his wrist at times, he still managed to belt
one home run in every 13.7 at-bats. In April 2006, he hit nine home runs and
batted .298. In April 2005, he batted .300 though he managed just two homers.
Like Sheffield, Delgado's personal history says he usually gets off to a fast
start too. We haven't heard any excuses coming from New York regarding his slow
start. In Delgado's case, the fact that he is just six months removed from the
wrist surgery looks like it's a contributing factor. The good news is his
strikeout rate is about the norm for the past few years, so making contact isn't
a problem. The wrist will get stronger and his swing will quicken, too.
Unfortunately, that might not be until sometime in May.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax