Mike Cameron is on the disabled list with a sports hernia and the immediate reaction in some quarters will be to point out that is this what happens when you sign a 37-year-old outfielder.
If only that were true.
Rangers star Josh Hamilton had the same injury last season at at the age of 28. Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler had the injury in 2006 when he was 26. Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey, Alabama receiver Julio Jones … the list goes on and on. It has nothing to do with age.
Beyond that no Red Sox player is in better shape than Cameron outside of Jacoby Ellsbury. That’s not speculation, that’s what the preseason condition tests revealed.
That he has a sports hernia goes a long way in explaining why Cameron has looked so out of sorts in center field this season. The injury is a lingering one and Cameron could be out for a while.
Josh Reddick will probably play center field tonight. But it would make sense to put Ellsbury back there once he returns and to use Reddick and Jeremy Hermida in left field.