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UPDATE Mike Cameron has an abdominal tear, and surgery might be necessary

Apr 20, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

UPDATE: Gordon Edes of ESPN is reporting that Cameron’s strain is actually a tear — akin to a sports hernia, he says — and that it may require surgery. If so, he’d miss a good month and as much as six weeks.

Edes reminds us that both Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton suffered similar injuries last year and missed 42 and 30 games, respectively.

10:18 A.M.: When it rains it pours.

Comcast’s Sean McAdam reports that Red Sox centerfielder Mike Cameron is heading to the disabled list with an abdominal strain. He had been scratched from yesterday’s game complaining of the same symptoms he had before passing a kidney stone last week, but tests revealed that this time it’s something else.

McAdam notes that “abdominal pulls can be slow to heal and it’s possible
that Cameron could miss more longer than 15 days,” so this means Bill Hall in center for the foreseeable future.

UPDATE: Amalie Benjamin tweets that Josh Reddick has been called up to replace Cameron on the roster. He’ll probably get some starts in center.

  1. Trevor - Apr 20, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    No way, Ellsbury will be in center with Hermida or Reddick in left

  2. Ace - Apr 20, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Yeah, I kind of doubt they’ll let Bill Hall see a whole lot of playing time. Ellsbury ought to be back any day now, and I’d be surprised if they didn’t call up Josh Reddick (who tore it up in spring training) to take Cameron’s spot on the roster.

  3. JBerardi - Apr 20, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Hopefully this explains some of Cameron’s erratic play this year.

    Also, Trevor is right. Jeremy Hermida, now’s your chance…

  4. KR - Apr 20, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Globe says Reddick will indeed be called up. He’ll play center until Ellsbury is back.

  5. JBerardi - Apr 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    He’s off to a slow start at Pawtucket, but I love me some Josh Reddick. Heyward can keep his size, and his strenght, and his speed, and whatever else, ’cause Reddick has the only tool that matters: this mustache. And don’t even get me started on the glasses…

  6. BC - Apr 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Maybe Cameron is the PED guy about to be outed…

  7. Old Gator - Apr 20, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Sounds like the Beanbags have backed into the same karmic cycle that swept up the Mutts last year. Then again, this entire season, going back to spring training, has been one self-immolation after another. The DL is behaving like Moloch. Who’s next? Like the song says,
    He’ll come to your team, he won’t stay long/
    Look round the room, your center fielder will be gone/
    DL don’t have no mercy in this land….

  8. Old Gator - Apr 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    How good does Jason Bay look now, folks?

  9. pat-patriot - Apr 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Old Gator,
    Jason Bay and the Sox would both be better off I think if they could have worked something out. I think now and I thought so at the time this is a lose / lose situation.

  10. Julian - Apr 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Sadly, Reddick shaved recently.
    And Jason Bay still looks like a pretty-good-hitting, not-so-good-fielding, nice Canadian guy who plays for the Mets.

  11. Sox Fan 1 - Apr 20, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Hey Old Gator, if you are implying that we would be better off with J Bay’s numbers your kidding yourself. However, being a Sox fan, I think Theo should have his salary rescinded for putting together this team. I have never heard of a baseball team winning with defense. This isn’t football. We needed a pitcher (Lackey)and a big bat. The Red Sox put up a total of 3 or 4 runs in the ALDS last year. We need to be able to hit quality pitching to win games. Doesn’t look good for this year.

  12. BC - Apr 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    No way, the Beanbags actually have 6 healthy major-league level pitchers right now. For most of last year the Mets had 2 (I count Santana and Pelfrey), and it was 1 after Johan went down.
    The Beanbags goofed – Figgins was the guy they could have used, in place of either Cameron or Beltre.

  13. YANKEES1996 - Apr 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Sox Fan 1 – I believe you are in DENIAL, from the moment that the RS decided not to actively pursue Bay and Holliday it was widely expected and accepted that the Sox were going to have an extremely poor offensive season. The expectations are now simply coming to fruition. The players that were signed in the off season were not offensive minded or talented. If you believe that the Red Sox would not be better off with Jason Bay then you are kidding yourself. There were several points last season where his offense was carrying them.

  14. Big Harold - Apr 20, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Lets not get all misty about Bay. The line up issues go much further and deeper then just him. Except Youkillis this is a weak line up at best. But, he would be better than Cameron.
    What was Epstein thinking signing a 37 year old guy to be his CFer??
    This whole dominant pitching and run prevention thing was a scam in the first place. A ploy to keep the suckers coming to Fenway until they can shed all the toxic contracts and the corresponding underachieving broken down Red Sox players. Give Ol’ John Henry Cheapskate credit, he knows how to get them in the ball park.

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