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Bruised Cameron needs further testing

Left fielder Bill Hall gets A for effort, but this second-inning fly ball dropped in for a hit, just ahead of his dive for it. Hall also collected a run, a hit, and an RBI. Left fielder Bill Hall gets A for effort, but this second-inning fly ball dropped in for a hit, just ahead of his dive for it. Hall also collected a run, a hit, and an RBI. (Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe)
By Amalie Benjamin
Globe Staff / June 2, 2010

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With the Red Sox already down one center fielder with Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) back on the disabled list, the team yesterday examined their other center fielder. After Mike Cameron had his best offensive game of the season Sunday — with two hits, two RBIs, and three runs, he was not in the lineup last night becaue of soreness on the side of his abdomen opposite the initial problem area.

Cameron was examined by Dr. Thomas Gill and was given an MRI, which Cameron said showed “real deep bruising.’’ He will be examined further this morning at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“We should have hopefully better information where we can make a decision on the best way to go forward,’’ manager Terry Francona said, referring to today’s examination. “I was back there with him for a while, with Tom Gill, kind of walking through it. He’ll be looked at again and we’ll try to make a good judgment on where he is.’’

Francona said the area originally injured looks good, according to the MRI. “That’s the good news,’’ he said. “Now, again, he’s got a lot of pain. We’ve got to figure out why and how to deal with it. We’ll have better information after he sees the guy [today].

Asked if he was worried, Cameron said, “Not really. I just need to go see the specialist and see what’s going on. There is some pain, abnormal pains. I’ve never had this type of injury and I don’t know if this is normal or not.

“I was tossing and turning on Sunday night and my wife told me she knew something was wrong. I was pretty sore on Sunday night.’’

Cameron was placed on the disabled list with a lower abdominal strain April 19. He returned to the active roster May 25.

“They told me I’m really lean and I’ve been playing baseball for a long time and there’s a lot of stress going on,’’ Cameron said. “That’s not what I want to hear. But it could be a lot worse. Once it calms down, then it’s just going to be pretty much like anything else. It’ll be managed.’’

Cameron doesn’t believe he’ll have to return to the DL.

“No, no, no. I don’t think so,’’ he said. “It’s just the last couple of days, it was sore. It wasn’t feeling too good and it was on the opposite side, so that worried me. They’re checking it out. As soon as I feel good, I’m going to play.’’

No Ellsbury news
There was little news on Ellsbury, who hit in the cage yesterday. “It’s kind of basically what he can handle, not just on a daily basis, but then repeating it and then taking it out and competing,’’ Francona said. “We run every test imaginable to rule out something. What it comes down to is what we said all along — symptoms. And if it hurts and gets in the way, it hurts and gets in the way. You have to treat it accordingly.’’ . . . Francona said the Sox will sit down with Josh Beckett today to discuss his progress as he comes back from a lower back strain. The plan is to talk with Francona, pitching coach John Farrell, and possibly general manager Theo Epstein to walk through their plan going forward . . . Dustin Pedroia ended his 0-for-17 skid with a double in the eighth inning last night, as the second baseman continues to struggle offensively . . . Adrian Beltre went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and his sixth homer of the season. He is batting .451 over his last 13 games with four homers and 16 RBI . . . Manny Delcarmen has limited hitters to a .128 average, including a perfect seventh inning last night . . . No Sox are leading at any position in All-Star voting. Victor Martinez is third at catcher; Kevin Youkilis is fourth at first base; Dustin Pedroia is second at second base; Adrian Beltre is fourth at third base, and David Ortiz is fourth at DH. None of the Sox are particularly close to catching the leader at their position . . . Francona said he sent Celtics coach Doc Rivers a congratulatory note after Friday night’s win earned the Green a spot in the NBA Finals . . . Daniel Bard has improved significantly against lefthanders, especially in relation to his 2009 numbers. Last season he allowed lefties a .263 average, .379 on-base percentage, and .488 slugging percentage. Those numbers are down to .085, .204, and .085 this season, with just four hits off him by lefthanders, all singles. “He’s just really good,’’ Francona said, citing the pitcher’s changeup. “When you’re that good, teams are probably going to try to have lefties face you, just because his stuff is so dominant and he’s getting people out. There’s a lot of reasons. If they send all their righties up, he’s going to get them out too, if he throws like he is.’’

Amalie Benjamin can be reached at abenjamin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin. Peter Abraham of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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