Cameron to see specialist about pain

Cameron to see specialist about pain

BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Mike Cameron is still having discomfort in his lower abdomen one week after being activated from the disabled list. The veteran underwent an MRI at Fenway Park before Tuesday's game, which he didn't play in. He will see a specialist and undergo more tests on Wednesday morning.

"We should have, hopefully, better information [Wednesday] where we can make a decision on the best way to go forward," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "[I] was back there with him for a while, with [Red Sox medical director] Tom Gill, and we were kind of walking through it. He'll be looked at again in the morning and we'll try to make a good judgment on where he is. That's kind of where we're at."

Cameron was out of action from April 19 to May 24. He is hopeful a return stint to the DL won't be necessary.

"I'll be good, man. I'll get some info," Cameron said. "It's precautionary. It's stopped me from doing a few things. I got an MRI today to make sure that everything was good. I'll go see the specialist tomorrow. We'll go on from there. This is checking my hernias. Deep, deep inner abdominal area stuff. I'll see the specialist tomorrow to make sure everything is in place."

It seemed like Cameron had made a breakthrough on Sunday, when he belted three hits, including a pair of doubles and drove in his first two runs in a Red Sox uniform. But during Monday's off-day, Cameron felt soreness, and it hadn't gone away by Tuesday.

This time, the pain was in a different spot.

"I don't know, though, if that's good or bad," said Francona. "That's what we're trying to figure out. The area that he originally was hurting in is feeling OK. It could just be simply general soreness, which I think we're all hoping."

The Red Sox have had a tough go of it with their starting outfield this season. Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a hairline fracture of four left ribs in an April 11 collision with Adrian Beltre and didn't return to the lineup until May 22. Ellsbury's comeback was short-lived, as he went back on the DL on Friday because of recurring problems.

Ellsbury took batting practice on Tuesday, but there's still no timetable for his return. He is eligible to be activated on June 15.

"He went down today and hit in the cage," Francona said. "It's kind of basically what he can handle, not just on a daily basis, but then repeating it and taking it out and competing. We've run I think every test imaginable to rule out something. What it comes down to, we've said it all along, is symptoms. If it hurts and gets in the way, it hurts and it gets in the way. You have to treat it accordingly."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.