NEW YORK – The banged-up Boston Red Sox signed free-agent slugger Carlos Delgado to a minor league contract Saturday.

Delgado, 38, hasn’t played in the majors since May 2009 for the New York Mets.

He has had two hip surgeries since then.

Delgado is set to report to Triple-A Pawtucket today. He played winter ball in Puerto Rico during the offseason before hip problems slowed him.

He has 473 home runs in the majors.

Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis had season-ending surgery on his thumb Friday and Mike Lowell took his spot.

Delgado worked out Friday for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium and Manager Terry Francona said he swung the bat well. But Francona cautioned Saturday that it’s too early to project what to expect from Delgado.


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