Cameron to DL, Diaz recalled.
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- Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 21:41:12 -0400
Hope Cameron gets better soon. From Espn.com:
Game delayed 13 minutes after head-to-head collision
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran sprinted toward the
sinking liner, both outfielders watching the ball and diving toward the same
They didn't see each other and smashed face-to-face in what many of their
New York teammates said was one of the scariest collisions they've ever
seen. The Mets who ran to the fallen pair during the seventh inning of the
2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday said Cameron was dazed and
bleeding from the mouth.
Cameron was taken off the field on a stretcher, his body immobilized and his
neck in a brace. He was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he underwent two CT
scans. Cameron broke his nose, had multiple fractures of both cheekbones and
a slight concussion, and was to be hospitalized overnight, Mets spokesman
Jay Horwitz said. Cameron was placed on the disabled list.
Beltran had a sore left shoulder and a cut near his left temple. He was to
have a CT scan and then possibly head to Los Angeles to rejoin the Mets, who
open a series against the Dodgers on Friday night.
"I don't remember anything of what happened," Beltran said. "I don't
remember how it happened, I know we got hit. I feel like I got hit by a
Beltran said he felt lucky.
"Of course, after a collision like that, I feel good that I'm OK. My
shoulder feels sore, but I'll be fine."
Cameron was fully extended diving for David Ross' liner when he and Beltran
collided, falling into a heap. The game was delayed for about 13 minutes as
the players were tended to by trainers from both teams, then paramedics.
Cameron lifted up his head at one point, and shielded his eyes from the sun
as he was put onto a stretcher by paramedics, lifted onto a cart and driven
off the field.
Beltran got up after a few minutes after the collision and eventually walked
off the field on his own power.
First baseman Marlon Anderson was the first player to reach the fallen
Cameron "was dazed, kind of not really there," Anderson said. "I was like,
'Cam, can you hear me?' He mumbled, 'Yeah,' but he wasn't there. You could
tell he wasn't right.
"I couldn't imagine being a paramedic going to the scene of a wreck. That's
what that was, pretty much, a wreck," Anderson said.
"I couldn't go over there, man," left fielder Cliff Floyd said. "Once I saw
the blood, I'm not good with blood.
"It choked me up for a minute," Floyd said. "We were laughing and giggling
one minute, the next minute, a man's down on the ground, both of them."
Cameron moved from center field to right field during spring training to
accommodate Beltran, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, so both
play with the same mentality.
"I knew those guys were so competitive," Floyd said. "You try to block that
out when they run together, two center fielders. They're taught to chase the
ball. They're taught to give it everything."
Neither Cameron nor Beltran caught the ball, which went for a triple.
Shortstop Chris Woodward sprinted out to get the ball and throw it into the
When play resumed, with the game tied at 1, Eric Young grounded out to
second with the infield playing in, before Joe Randa singled to center to
bring in Ross with the winning run.
"There's always things that happen from time to time that put baseball into
perspective for everybody, and this is certainly one of those instances,"
said starter Tom Glavine, who sat on his haunches on the back of the mound
while Cameron and Beltran were tended to. "The game, as much as you want to
win it, it's kind of secondary to how those guys are doing, especially Cam.
"It stinks that we lost and it stinks that one of our buddies got hurt,"
The Padres were shaken, too.
"It was as scary a moment that you can have on the field," manager Bruce
Bochy said. "Our thoughts are with them."
Said Young: "For those guys to be extended like that and going after the
ball and seeing their bodies laid out like that, it has to rate as one of
the toughest ones to see."
Floyd was hit on the left knee on a 91 mph fastball from Akinori Otsuka in
the eighth. He sprawled on the ground for a few minutes, then needed a few
more to shake it off before limping to first.
Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 32 chances and the
423rd of his career, leaving him one shy of tying John Franco for second on
the all-time list. This is his 10th season with at least 30 saves, tying Lee
Smith's big league record.
Williams (6-8) got his first win in four decisions. He went seven innings,
allowing one run and six hits, striking out a season-high eight and walking
Glavine (8-10) lost for the seventh time in nine road decisions this season.
He also went seven innings, allowing two runs and nine hits, struck out
three and walked none. He also had three hits, matching his career high.
Floyd hit an RBI double in the fourth and San Diego's Khalil Greene hit an
RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
The Mets recalled OF Victor Diaz from Triple-A Norfolk to take Cameron's
roster spot. ... Glavine also had three hits on June 19, 1991, at
Philadelphia, while with Atlanta. ... San Diego's Randa has six doubles in
his last eight games and 33 overall, three off his career-best of 36, which
he's done twice.
Let's Go Mets!!!
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