Abdominal injury still nagging Cameron

Abdominal injury still nagging Cameron

ANAHEIM -- While the Red Sox are getting healthier as a team, Mike Cameron's lower abdominal injury is something he will have to play through for the rest of the season.

In the ninth inning on Monday, while leading off first, Cameron had to dive back to the bag several times. At one point, he was in obvious pain, as Red Sox manager Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold came out to check on him.

Cameron stayed in the game for the rest of the inning, but was replaced by Darnell McDonald in the bottom of the ninth.

"Sometimes, as the games goes on, it gets just a little cranky," Cameron said. "It probably didn't help that I was diving back a lot."

Will Cameron be able to start Tuesday night?

"Yeah, I think I should be all right," Cameron said. "Day-to-day. See how it feels when I get up in the morning. Like I said, some days it's cranky. Today, it was just cranky all day. But I'll be all right. It's just the same thing as always. Some days are better than others. Some days my extension is better than others. Today, it was a little cranky."

Cameron suffered the injury in April and was on the disabled list from April 19-May 24.

"I just kind of made up my mind that I was going to fight a little bit more, sometimes push a little bit more than others," Cameron said. "But sometimes you've got to stop because then you just get in trouble and start feeling weakness and stiffness because it just kind of affects everything. It's just kind of a thing that I've got to keep pushing. I've just got to be honest with them at times."