Seventeen-year veteran Mike Cameron, with 272 career home runs and three Gold Gloves, was assigned for task by the Red Sox on Thursday, providing Boston 10 days to deal or discharge him.
Cameron, a career .249 hitter with seven teams, is making $7.25 million this season but is striking .149 in 33 games. Signed to play center field previous season, an abdominal damage limited him to 162 at-bats and surgery finished his season.
Theo Epstein, Boston general manager, said, “Maybe with age, he just didn’t recover from injury as well,” who highly praised the character of Cameron and the physical shape he keeps himself in. “With the reduced role, it was a bit of a double whammy for him with us. He’s used to playing every day.”
Yamaico Navarro, Infielder was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier than the team would have liked to get roster spot of Cameron.
Opening Day: The Marlins will open their latest $515 million ballpark with a retractable roof against the Cardinals on April 4, 2012, said a person well-known with the draft schedule next season. The league doesn’t formally pronounce the plan until its last in September.
Briefly: Willie Harris, outfielder has been placed on the mourning record following his wife went into premature labor and their baby died. X-rays were negative on the sore left foot of Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis after he fouled a ball off it Wednesday, but it set him aside the game on Thursday. Charlie Furbush, left-handed rookie will get the Tigers rotation spot of Phil Coke (1-8, 4.91 ERA), who is going back to the bullpen after his initial half-season as a regular beginner. Cubs reliever Kerry Wood anticipates coming off the 15-day disabled list in time for a weekend stage against the White Sox.