Carlos Delgado sidelined at Triple-A by more hip problems

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Carlos Delgado’s comeback from hip surgery has stalled after just five games at Triple-A because more hip and lower back problems.
Dan Barbarisi of the Providence Journal reports that “the injury is on the opposite side from the site of his two hip surgeries and is not believed to be serious,” but Delgado is expected to remain sidelined until at least the weekend.
Delgado can opt out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox if he’s not in the majors by the time rosters expand on September 1, so obviously the setback leaves him little time to show he’s ready.
He hasn’t faced big-league pitching since May 10 of last season and the 38-year-old went just 3-for-13 with zero extra-base hits, zero walks, and six strikeouts prior to being shut down.

A.J. Hinch: “If it was any other time of the year, [José Altuve] wouldn’t be in the lineup.”

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It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.

Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:

He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.

Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”

During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.