BOSTON -- Mike Cameron's agent says the Boston Red Sox outfielder is on schedule to begin baseball-related activities after Thanksgiving, just three months after undergoing 4½ hours of surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle and relieve pain in his groin.
"Mike's doing very well,'' agent Mike Nicotera wrote in an e-mail Monday. "He is running, doing plyometrics and agility work and lifting. The plan was for him to be completely 'rehabbed' by Thanksgiving, and he is on schedule. From there, he will continue to work out normally to get ready for the season."
Cameron was plagued by abdominal and groin issues from spring training on, but put off surgery for weeks after Jacoby Ellsbury went down with fractured ribs. Cameron played in just 48 games, batting .259 with four home runs and 15 RBIs, before undergoing surgery on Aug. 26.
A free agent last winter, Cameron signed a two-year, $15.5-million contract with the Red Sox, including a $1 million signing bonus, and was projected to be the everyday center fielder, with Ellsbury shifting to left. But injuries to both outfielders blew up that plan in the first two weeks of the season, and Cameron was unable to run pain-free all summer.
He turns 38 by Opening Day next season, and how he fits into the team's plans next season remains uncertain. The Sox are expected to take serious runs at both Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, which could relegate Cameron to the status of fourth outfielder or a potential trading piece.
Gordon Edes is ESPNBoston.com's Red Sox reporter. He has covered the Red Sox for 12 years and has reported on baseball for 25 years.