Tag:Mike Cameron
Posted on: September 6, 2010 6:59 pm

Cameron healing from surgery

Mike Cameron Two weeks ago, Mike Cameron underwent surgery to repair abdominal tears on each side of his body as well as a "restructuring" of groin muscles.

That sounds painful.

The surgery capped an end to a lost season in which the center fielder got into just 48 games, hitting .258/.328/.401 in 180 plate appearances. He battled both abdominal tears as well as kidney stones which sapped Cameron of his ability to run and hit for power.

"I don’t think anybody ever takes for granted the things we’re able to do. But, man, what I would give to just be able to run free with no pain," Cameron told the Boston Globe . "That’s probably the most important thing, the only thing I wish I would have had this year, would have been able to run free. I could have dealt with slumps, struggles, boos, sucking, and everything else."

Cameron added that he felt like he gave everything he could when stepping on the field. In fact, his endurance for pain was downright impressive at times, earning praise from teammates and manager Terry Francona -- but if the team had other options, he never would have stepped on the field.

"I probably wouldn’t have been in there," Cameron said of what would have happened had Jacoby Ellsbury been healthy instead of missing the majority of the season due to rib fractures.

And yet, he was.

"To be considered as, like everyone says, an old center fielder or hurting, whatever, I got there pretty damn good," the right-hander added.

Cameron has one year left on his two-year deal with Boston, and is expected to open 2011 as the club's starting center fielder in the final year of a two-year pact.

His health won't be a concern, as Cameron is expected to make a full recovery by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. And he already can't wait for spring training.

"I’ll probably play spring training as hard as I ever played in my life," Cameron said.

And then perhaps the team will get more than a combined 66 games of mostly injury-riddled play from two-thirds of the team's outfield.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:46 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 12:50 pm

Cameron done for year

Mike Cameron Mike Cameron was supposed to give the Red Sox a fleet-foot center fielder who could send the ball over the fence.

Instead, what Boston got was an injured, ineffective player who has seen his season end thanks to a torn lower abdominal muscle. Cameron suffered the injury in spring training, but battled through that and a bout with kidney stones to appear in 48 games. He hit .259/.328/.401 in 180 at-bats, his power sapped by the injury.

Cameron was admirable in his determination to fight through the injury, but eventually the pain won out. He will undergo surgery at Massachusetts General later this week, according to the Boston Globe.

"It’s time to get it taken care of and then I can start rehabbing," Cameron said, with his eye on 2011 where he will likely return to being the starting center fielder.

Cameron's injury is just one in a long line for the Red Sox this season. Cameron deposed Jacoby Ellsbury to left field upon his arrival, but Ellsbury has struggled with injuries as well. That's left center to be filled by the likes of Darnell McDonald and Ryan Kalish.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 18, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: August 18, 2010 10:53 am

Cameron to call it a year

Mike Cameron
Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron, who has played sparingly this season while dealing with a painful abdominal muscle tear, will talk with general manager Theo Epstein on Wednesday about moving on to next year by scheduling surgery to repair the injury. He says he's done for the year.

"We're in a position now where we need all of the healthy -- physically and mentally -- guys possible playing in the field," Cameron told ESPNBoston.com. "Me trying to play 65 percent is probably not beneficial to the ballclub at the moment.

"Sometimes, as hard as it's been to give in to certain things, it's probably best to start looking at other options now."

Cameron, 37, a three-time Gold Glove winner, has played in just 48 games this season, his first in Boston. He was hurt early and hasn't been able to put together any long stretches of playing time due to the pain of playing with the injury. Now he thinks the best thing he can do is repair the tear and try to be ready for spring training. He's under contract for $7.25 million for 2011.

With Jacoby Ellsbury also appearing done for the year, Boston must go the rest of the way without two-thirds of its opening day outfield. Manager Terry Francona said rookie Ryan Kalish, who hit his first career grand slam Tuesday night, will get most of the playing time in center field.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:31 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 6:33 pm

Youkilis wants to return for playoffs

Kevin Youkilis Kevin Youkilis told reporters today that he still hopes to be ready to play in the postseason.

Keep in mind, that's Youkilis talking, not anything doctors have said.

"We don't know the timetable, we have to see when the stitches come out and all that, hopefully I can play in the playoffs," Youkilis said (via WEEI.com ). "I might not be able to play at all, but I'm going to try to give myself the best chance to play int he playoffs if we make it."

That's nearly as big of an if as there may be in the whole deal -- the Red Sox are 5 1/2 games out of both the AL East and the wild card, behind the Yankees and Rays in both.

The Sox are sure to still be in the hunt through September, but another postseason could be a tough feat -- especially without Youkilis. However, the Sox did get Dustin Pedroia back today.

Youkilis, for one, isn't buying into the talk that the Sox are out of the playoff hunt.

"People keep coming up to me and saying, 'These guys have no chance anymore.' I tell them they're wrong," he said. "We've got a great team here. The best part of this whole team is the fact that where we're at, through this whole thing, is remarkable. It's not an ideal thing to the fans out there that we're five-and-a-half games out, but to be five-and-a-half games out with all that's gone on. … it's a great thing to watch."

Still, he hasn't enjoyed watching the Red Sox on TV.

"Sitting at home, it's not good. I wasn't really feeling that good last week. This pain medication, it's not good at all," Youkilis said (via the Providence Journal ). "I got rid of those real quick. I finally got back up to feeling good line on Tuesday. … It's not fun watching baseball, but to be here and be in this environment and be around the guys, it means a lot."

Youkilis said he initially thought he'd just bruised his thumb before test showed a muscle tear. He doesn't know exactly how it happened, but assumes it was when he was hitting.

As for the other injured Sox, Terry Francona told reporters Jacoby Ellsbury had a doctor's appointment to check on his ribs, Mike Cameron is recovering from his sports hernia, Jason Varitek's broken foot is improving and reliever Hideki Okajima threw on Tuesday and could be sent out on a rehab assignment as soon as Sunday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 7:01 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 7:26 pm

Don't hate on Red Sox signing Cameron

Mike Cameron Mike Cameron has hit the disabled list, and it's not entirely clear whether the center fielder will be able to return to the Red Sox in 2010.

Cameron signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal in the offseason to be Boston's starting center fielder, moving Jacoby Ellsbury to left field. Cameron was supposed to bring a strong eye, power and excellent defense to the table.

Instead, he suffered an abdominal tear after being plagued by kidney stones -- two unforeseeable injuries. That's been cause enough for the deal to be panned among Red Sox fans. It shouldn't be.

Yes, Cameron is 37 years old, but it doesn't mean that he suddenly has become injury prone. Again, kidney stones are an internal injury while abdominal strains and tears are fairly commonplace in baseball given the stress hitters place on their trunks while at bat.

In fact, before 2009, Cameron had been placed on the disabled list exactly three times over the last eight seasons, for which data is unavailable. Given this time range spans Cameron's entire 30s, that's an impressive mark. His last sidelining came in spring training of 2006, when he missed 23 days due to an oblique strain. This was on the heels of missing 52 days the season before after having his face rearranged courtesy of Carlos Beltran.

The previous injury was on opening day in 2004, when he was shelved for a month due to tendinitis in his left wrist.

Not exactly the injury history of an injury-prone player. Yes, he's 37. But he was 36 last year and was injury-free. He was 35 in 2008 and was injury-free. He was ... you get the point. Some people simply are durable no matter the age, while others break down constantly young (see: Prior, Mark). Obviously, a 37-year-old in baseball getting hurt doesn't come as a surprise, but can one really say him getting hurt was obvious from the start?

Cameron is hitting the disabled list again because, as manager Terry Francona reveals, his ab tear is actually getting wider, as he tells the Boston Globe .

"It was becoming apparent it was a struggle," Francona said. "He had actually been handling it unbelievable. I don’t know he’s handled it for as long as he has."

Despite being in obvious pain and seeing his defense in the outfield compromised as well as a sapping of the power that made him such an intriguing name, he hit .259/.328/.401 in 180 plate appearances for the Red Sox, literally doing everything he could to get into the lineup. There are plenty of major-league players who would love that line when healthy, nevermind as compromised as Cameron has been. And if Cameron had been healthy from Day One... odds are he would have been exactly who the Red Sox hoped for when they introduced him to Red Sox nation.

It's not known whether Cameron will return to the team or not -- rest and relaxation is the way to go for now. Cameron will unquestionably need surgery to fix the issue, but can undergo surgery in the offseason and be ready for spring training, so there is no hurry to go under the knife right now. Either way, he should be rested and ready to help Boston in 2011.

It's too bad that most Red Sox fans won't be excited to see him in the lineup.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:25 am
Edited on: July 24, 2010 2:06 am

Mariners scuffle in dugout

The drama in Seattle wasn't another Jonathan Papelbon blown save, but a scuffle in the Mariners' dugout after manager Don Wakamatsu pulled Chone Figgins from the game.

"What people have to understand is that everyone in the dugout cares," Wakamatsu said after the game. "Tempers flair there, but what happens there, stays there."

Replays showed Jose Lopez being restrained by Jack Wilson and Ryan Rowland-Smith, while Russell Branyan was held back by several other teammates.

It appeared Branyan was going after Figgins, when Lopez got in the way. At some point, Lopez's jersey was ripped off in the scuffle.

Figgins was lifted after a play in the fifth inning where it appeared he stood on second base and watched an errant throw from left fielder Michael Saunders to go wild, allowing Mike Cameron to go to third. It didn't cost the team a run, as Jason Vargas got out of the jam.

Wakamatsu said he didn't feel Figgins gave enough effort on the play, so he pulled him from the game.

In the bottom of the inning, Figgins was replaced by Josh Wilson. Wilson came up with two on and two outs in the ninth and struck out to end the game.

The incident overshadowed Josh Becekett's return from the disabled list. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowed five hits and a run, walking three and a striking out five.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 12:04 am
Edited on: June 26, 2010 2:18 am

Pedroia leaves game with foot injury

Dustin Pedroia left Boston's game in San Francisco in the third inning after fouling a ball off of the inside of his left foot in the third inning.

Pedroia, who hit three home runs on Thursday, stayed in the game long enough to work a walk, but he struggled to get to first. Pedroia was replaced by Mike Cameron to pinch-run.

Cameron stayed in the game and went to center field. Bill Hall moved from right field to second base and Darnell McDonald moved from center field to right field.

It seems like another day, another injury for the Red Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury (rib), Josh Beckett (back), Jeremy Hermida (ribs) and Mike Lowell (hip) are currently on the disabled list, while Kevin Youkilis (arm) isn't 100 percent. Victor Martinez has also played through pain, while Cameron and Daisuke Matsuzaka have recently come off the disabled list.

UPDATE: Pedroia was on crutches after the game, but manager Terry Francona told the Boston Herald 's Michael Silverman there was no break, but he would be re-evaluated on Saturday.

"I'm sore,” he said. "I’ll get checked out [Saturday] and make sure we get to the bottom of everything, but I’m pretty disappointed. I’ve never really hit a ball there before. But I’ll be all right."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 6:46 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am

Lowell's last days in Boston?

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, via Twitter , reports that the Red Sox are talking to the Twins, Angels and Rangers are talking to the Red Sox about Mike Lowell.

Lowell, 36, is hitting .225/.313/.338 in limited time with the Red Sox. Lowell finds himself behind new third baseman Andre Beltre and Kevin Youklis at first. Lowell has 80 plate appareances in 27 games for the Red Sox and is in the lineup tonight, just his third game this month.

However, Lowell may be needed. Kevin Youkilis is out of tonight's game after leaving Thursday night's game with back spasms. Manager Terry Francona said Youlilis should be available to pnch hit Friday and would be back in the lineup Saturday, according to MASN .

UPDATE: Rosenthal adds that the Red Sox may be looking to add outfield depth with the injuries to Jeremy Hermida and Jacoby Ellsbury, but Mike Cameron playing hurt. How about David DeJesus?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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