Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron, who has played sparingly this season while dealing with a painful abdominal muscle tear, will talk with general manager Theo Epstein on Wednesday about moving on to next year by scheduling surgery to repair the injury. He says he's done for the year.
"We're in a position now where we need all of the healthy -- physically and mentally -- guys possible playing in the field," Cameron told ESPNBoston.com. "Me trying to play 65 percent is probably not beneficial to the ballclub at the moment.
"Sometimes, as hard as it's been to give in to certain things, it's probably best to start looking at other options now."Cameron, 37, a three-time Gold Glove winner, has played in just 48 games this season, his first in Boston. He was hurt early and hasn't been able to put together any long stretches of playing time due to the pain of playing with the injury. Now he thinks the best thing he can do is repair the tear and try to be ready for spring training. He's under contract for $7.25 million for 2011.
With Jacoby Ellsbury also appearing done for the year, Boston must go the rest of the way without two-thirds of its opening day outfield. Manager Terry Francona said rookie Ryan Kalish, who hit his first career grand slam Tuesday night, will get most of the playing time in center field.
-- David Andriesen
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