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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Francona confirms Cameron surgery

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- Mike Cameron, who told ESPNBoston.com Tuesday night that he was reluctantly shutting down, will undergo season-ending surgery, manager Terry Francona confirmed Wednesday.

Cameron has played all season with an abdominal tear, which was diagnosed two weeks into the season, just a couple of days after he passed a kidney stone. The injury limited him to just 48 games. Cameron also said he had a hip flexor and groin injury related to his original injury.

The decision to have surgery, Francona said, came after he and GM Theo Epstein spoke with the player Tuesday night, and Epstein had a follow-up conversation with Cameron’s agent, Mike Nicotera, on Wednesday.

Francona said that Cameron intended to consult several doctors before electing a time and place to have surgery. The manager said he did not know how extensive the surgery would be, but hoped that Cameron would be ready for spring training.

"We got to the point with Cam where going farther was going to bite into a chunk of next year,’’ Francona said. “He tried his best. It was getting a little hard for him. He’s disappointed, but I think this is the right thing to do.

“He was fighting an uphill fight. He just couldn’t do what he wanted to do. He’d be out there in the seventh inning, not knowing if he could make a play.’’

Cameron began experiencing discomfort in the area during spring training.