As always, plenty of news at Fenway Park:
Mike Cameron is headed for the 15-day disabled list and could be done for the season. The lower abdominal tear he suffered in spring training has been aggravated to the point where it’s getting larger. Cameron was examined today by Dr. Richard Berger at Mass. General.
For now, he will go on the disabled list in the hopes that rest and rehab will allow him to return to the roster. If not, he would need surgery, ending his season. The surgery could be done have after the season and he’d still be ready for spring training, so there is no rush to make a decision.
Cameron, 37, had played in only one of the previous four games and had one hit in his last 16 at-bats.
“It was becoming apparent it was a struggle,” manager Terry Francona said. “He had actually been handling it unbelievable. I don’t know he’s handled it for as long as he has.”
Cameron hit .259/.328/.401 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 48 games. Francona said he was “proud” of how Cameron battled through the painful injury to try and contribute to the team.
Daniel Nava has been called up. Nava hit .286/.381/.451 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 29 games earlier this season.
In other news:
* Jacoby Ellsbury is still not ready to play. He is with the team in Boston today to work out and will play for Pawtucket tomorrow at which point he will be evaluated yet again. Francona said he still isn’t ready to play after fracturing his ribs April 11.
“We’re kind walking that line where we all know potentially what he can mean to us but he still feels it at times, so we’re trying to not get caught up in … activating a guy before he’s ready,” Francona said.
In other news, Wes Welker is playing football seven months after having reconstructive knee surgery.
* Still no word on Mike Lowell. Francona indicated some sort of resolution was forthcoming. It seems safe to say he has played his last game with the Red Sox based on their apparent determination not to activate him.
“Nothing to announce right now. I would give it a little bit of time,” Francona said.
* Hitting coach Dave Magadan remains away from the team mourning the death of his father.
* First base coach Ron Johnson has left the team to deal with a family emergency. Coaching assistant Rob Leary will take his place tonight and until Johnson returns.