Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 12:56 pm
PHILADELPHIA -- The Red Sox dropped Mike Cameron on Thursday, designating the struggling veteran outfielder for assignment before their game against the Phillies.
Cameron was hitting just .149, and he had only nine RBI in 33 games. He got some playing time in right field, in a semi-platoon with J.D. Drew, but Cameron was just 9-for-63 (.143) against left-handed pitchers.
The Red Sox called up Yamaico Navarro from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Cameron on the roster.
Posted on: June 19, 2010 8:15 pm
BOSTON -- Yeah, the Red Sox were dead.
Thankfully, I never said they were, even though I quoted one scout saying just that in this May 18 column .
"They're dead," he said, one month ago today, when Boston was 8 1/2 games behind first-place Tampa Bay in the American League East.
They're not dead, it's easy to say today, after a 5-4 win over the Dodgers that at least temporarily moved the Red Sox to within half a game of the Rays. If the Rays lose to the Marlins in a game that just began as I'm writing this, the Red Sox will be tied for the wild-card lead (and one game behind the Yankees), the first time they'd be in a playoff position since the second day of the season.
Good thing I didn't say they were dead. Too bad I gave almost all the wrong reasons for the way they could come back to life.
Let's look back:
1. What I said: Josh Beckett has to start pitching like an ace.
What happened: Beckett went on the disabled list with a back injury that he and the Red Sox said was a minor problem, and a month later he hasn't returned.
2. What I said: Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury need to come back.
What happened: Cameron came back. Ellsbury came back for three games, then got hurt again. The Red Sox outfield is still such a jumble that manager Terry Francona has used 20 different combinations in the first 70 games, and today against the Dodgers he started Daniel Nava in left, Darnell McDonald in center and Bill Hall in right.
3. What I said: The veterans need to stop complaining, and the newcomers need to fit in.
What happened: They've been winning, and it's been quieter, so maybe I was closer to right on this one.
4. What I said: They need to own Fenway.
What happened: The Red Sox were just 12-11 at home when I wrote that. They're 13-4 since.
5. What I said: The Yankees and/or Rays need to stumble.
What happened: The Yankees are 17-12 over the last month. The Rays, going into tonight's game with the Marlins, are 13-15. Is that a stumble? Sure, but not as big as I thought the Sox needed.
So why are the Red Sox winning, with Nava and McDonald and Hall, and without Beckett and Ellsbury?
Well, as Dustin Pedroia pointed out after his game-winning hit against the Dodgers, the offense that was such a question this spring is leading the majors in runs scored. And while Beckett hasn't returned, over the last month Jon Lester is 5-0 with a 2.18 ERA, and Clay Buchholz is 5-1 with a 1.90 ERA.
The Sox were 20-20 when I asked whether they were dead (and then said that they weren't). They're 22-8 in the 30 games since then.
No, they weren't dead (easy to say now). And yes, we might have that great three-team race in the American League East that we were hoping to get.
Posted on: April 20, 2010 2:53 pm
We kept asking whether the Red Sox would hit enough, and it looks like that was the right question.
Make that one of the right questions.
Two weeks into the season, the Red Sox have problems with hitting ... and pitching ... and defense ... and now, health.
And the big question we should be asking is: can the Red Sox recover?
Only four teams have ever recovered from a 4-9 or worse start to win the World Series, most recently the 1979 Pirates and the 1991 Twins. And neither of those teams had fallen six games out of first place at that point, as the Red Sox are at this point of the 2010 season.
Now the Sox are putting center fielder Mike Cameron on the disabled list with an abdominal injury that could have him out for a while. They're calling up Josh Reddick to replace him on the roster, and hoping that Jacoby Ellsbury will soon be healthy enough to take his place in center field.
Cameron, of course, was supposed to be part of the new Red Sox direction, their move towards "run prevention," the new way of saying they wanted to concentrate on pitching and defense. They signed Cameron, a three-time Gold Glove winner, the same week they signed John Lackey, who gave them a three-deep starting rotation (with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester) that was supposed to be tough to match.
If you want to read more about how it was supposed to work, check out colleague Scott Miller's Red Sox camp report . If you want to see how it's not working so far, read on:
1. The best-in-baseball rotation is so far the worst in the American League, with a combined 5.18 ERA.
2. The new and improved defense has committed 10 errors in 13 games (tied for third-most in the AL), and the Red Sox have allowed nine unearned runs (only the Orioles and Padres have allowed more). And catcher Victor Martinez has had such trouble throwing out runners that rival scouts are wondering how long the Red Sox will be able to live with him behind the plate.
3. And, of course, the offense is the problem that everyone worried that it might be. The Red Sox are currently in a stretch of 32 hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position, and for the season, they're hitting .162 with runners in scoring position, 29th in baseball (again, ahead of the Orioles).
Yes, David Ortiz is a problem, as Scott detailed last week . Red Sox people are counting on manager Terry Francona to know how to handle what is already a touchy situation, with Mike Lowell sitting on the bench and Ortiz dragging down the lineup with 15 strikeouts (and just two RBIs) in 38 at-bats.
It's a challenge, but right now everything is a challenge for the Red Sox.
Losing their center fielder for a while? Just one more challenge.
Posted on: April 20, 2010 12:57 pm
The Red Sox plan to put center fielder Mike Cameron on the disabled list today, CBSSports.com has confirmed.
Cameron has an abdominal strain, and some reports have described it as a tear. In either case, the Red Sox expect Cameron to miss significant time, adding to the problems for a team that is off to a 4-9 start. The team plans to call up Josh Reddick from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Cameron on the roster, and the Sox will hope that Jacoby Ellsbury, who has also been ailing, will soon be able to take Cameron's place in center field.
Cameron missed time last week with a kidney stone. His latest injury was first reported by Sean McAdam of Comcast New England.
Posted on: December 11, 2008 11:58 am
Edited on: December 11, 2008 8:22 pm
They've spent the winter meetings flashing their checkbook.
Then they asked the Brewers to pay part of Mike Cameron's salary.
A Cameron-or-Melky Cabrera deal stalled when the Yankees asked Milwaukee to pick up some of Cameron's $10 million 2009 salary, according to two sources familiar with the talks. Later Thursday, it appeared that the Cameron-for-Cabrera talks had resumed, and a deal was once again possible.
It's possible the Yankees and Brewers could also talk about players other than Cameron.
The Brewers, who have to shed a salary or two to help them sign a free-agent starting pitcher, were dead against paying any of Cameron's money as part of a deal to get Cabrera. The Brewers want to chase a lower-level free-agent starter to replace Sabathia and Ben Sheets, who they will also lose to free agency.
Based on what they've seen this week, the Brewers had no reason to believe mere money would be a problem for the Yankees.
So far, it has been.