Cameron returns to center-field duties

Cameron returns to center-field duties

BOSTON -- After sitting out Saturday's game as he still deals with the effects of a lower abdominal injury, Mike Cameron was once again penciled in at center field on Sunday against the Dodgers.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked at length with Cameron on Saturday to check in on his health and how he is feeling mentally.

We know some of things he can't do right now are frustrating him, Francona said. We just don't want him looking back on this time and worry so much about being healthy that he didn't enjoy it.

Francona said he knows if Cameron had it his way, he would be playing every day.

The center fielder said he has seen his body continue to recover at a quicker pace as the season has gone on.

Yet, Cameron feels no need to rush things thanks to the production from outfielders Daniel Nava, Bill Hall, Darnell McDonald and J.D Drew.

"I just have to keep trying to get better and make adjustments according to how things go. Everyone knows it is there, we just have to be able to go from there," Cameron said. "We have had guys the whole year who have been outstanding. When you play well, it makes it easier for guys to settle in and not do too much."