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NATIONAL LEAGUE Mets' Cameron expected to miss rest of season



Published: Sat, August 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



He had a violant collision with teammate Carlos Beltran.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Injured right fielder Mike Cameron expects to miss 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 on Aug. 11 in San Diego.

"I don't remember too much," Cameron said. "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. After that, I figured something was wrong because I couldn't really function that well."

Serious injuries

Cameron broke both cheekbones and his nose in the collision and underwent surgery in San Diego. He also has a mild concussion and was placed on the disabled list.

Beltran has a cracked cheekbone and a mild concussion but decided not to have surgery and returned to the Mets' lineup this week.

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 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."

Remembered being wheeled off

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."

At first, Cameron said he hoped to come back to play again this season.

"But then they told me this is really serious," he said. "So I had to take my hardheaded self and come to grips with [the fact that] I may not play again this year."

Eyes sensitive to sun

He said his eyes are sensitive to the sun.

"It's not like I'm healing a limb or something like that or a knee. These are my eyes," he said.

Cameron said he couldn't talk for two or three days after the collision because of the swelling on his face.

But Cameron doesn't think the collision will change the way he plays.

"I'll be fine," he said. "I always play without fear. I try to play fearlessly. That's just the way I try to play. It was just one of those things that happened."

A two-time Gold Glove winner, Cameron was batting .273 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs before he was injured.




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