Cameron on hold

May, 17, 2010
5/17/10
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NEW YORK -- There will be no Mike Cameron sighting in the Apple, manager Terry Francona said Monday.

The Red Sox outfielder, out since April 16 with an abdominal tear, remained in Boston after acknowledging to the team’s medical staff he still has some tenderness in the area. Instead of being activated for the two-game series here against the Yankees, Cameron could remain on rehab assignment and play an additional game Wednesday in Portland for the Double-A Sea Dogs, according to Francona.

Francona said the hope is that they will be able to manage the injury in such a way that Cameron will not require surgery, though the outfielder told the Providence Journal last week that he expected to need surgery.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who played with the PawSox on Monday, said he was a little “tentative,” Francona said, but went from first to third on a hit, slid into home, and reported no issues. He’ll be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Other pregame developments:

-- Dustin Pedroia, as he had forecast, was back in the lineup Monday, a day off Sunday apparently sufficient rest for the knee he twisted the night before in Detroit. The knee didn’t qualify as a problem in Pedroia’s universe. Why? “I have 3-inch legs,’’ he said.

-- Victor Martinez, mired in a 2-for-28 slump and batting just .135 (7 for 52) on the road, was dropped from the No. 3 hole to the No. 5 spot. This is the second time this season that Martinez has batted in the 5-hole. The first time was for three games (April 20-22) in which he had 5 hits in 9 at-bats.

Francona insisted that the lineup shuffle had nothing to do with Martinez’s slump, but rather he was looking for balance in the lineup. J.D. Drew, who has 4 hits and 4 walks in 10 plate appearances against Yankees starter Phil Hughes, will bat third, which accomplished the dual purpose of having Boston’s best hitter against Hughes hitting in that spot while breaking up the two lefties, David Ortiz and Drew. Of course, if Martinez was hitting, Francona could have slipped Adrian Beltre between Ortiz and Drew to accomplish the same purpose.

“Victor is a good hitter,’’ Francona said. “I see the normal thing of trying to do too much. He gets a pitch to hit and tries to hit it too hard, or hits it right at somebody.’’

Meanwhile, Yankee manager Joe Girardi said before the game that Nick Swisher (strained left biceps) is available to pinch hit from the right side, while catcher Jorge Posada has a "knot" on his right foot after taking a foul ball and was not expected to be available.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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