Cameron Talks About Collision
Injured right fielder Mike Cameron expects to sit out the rest of the New York Mets’ season while he recovers from a violent collision with teammate Carlos Beltran.
Cameron said Saturday he was unable to breathe or talk for a few moments after colliding with Beltran in the outfield Aug. 11 in San Diego.
“I don’t remember too much,” Cameron said in a phone interview. “I was out of it for a minute. I couldn’t breathe because I had blood coming out of my nose and my mouth at the same time. That was my main concern. Breathing, breathing. After that, I figured something was wrong because I couldn’t really function that well.”
Cameron broke both cheekbones and his nose in the collision and underwent surgery in San Diego. He also has a mild concussion and was put on the disabled list.
Cameron said he still has headaches and half his face is numb.
“Everything is numb,” he said. “My right eye is filled with blood from one of the vessels in there that broke. The braces in my mouth are really tight along with the screws in my mouth. I’m just trying to take care of myself, make progress. The worst has already happened and it’s only going to get better from here.”
Cameron said he remembered being wheeled off the field.
“But I couldn’t talk,” he said. “My body was numb and I couldn’t really talk. I tried to remain calm. I could see, just blurry.
“My body was in shock. I remember humming like a song or something in the ambulance. That kind of calmed me down.”
St. Louis activated outfielder Larry Walker from the 15-day disabled list and sent catcher Mike Mahoney to triple-A Memphis.... Cleveland recalled right-hander Andrew Brown from triple-A Buffalo and optioned outfielder Jason Dubois to the Bisons. Brown was the player to be named in the trade that sent outfielder Milton Bradley to the Dodgers last season.