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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