Mike Cameron returns to disabled list, but putting off surgery for now

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Mike Cameron is headed back to the disabled list with the same abdominal injury that kept him out for much of the season’s first two months.
He played 32 games and hit .252/.310/.409 in between DL stints, but may not make it back this season because Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “the lower abdominal tear he suffered in spring training has become aggravated to the point where it’s getting wider.”
Cameron will apparently need surgery one way or another, but for now he’ll put off going under the knife in the hopes that rest and rehab will allow him to return late in the season. The surgery isn’t expected to impact his timetable for 2011, so delaying a decision is not believed to be an added risk.
Daniel Nava has been recalled from Triple-A to replace Cameron on the 25-man roster and the Red Sox are hoping that Jacoby Ellsbury will be cleared to come off the DL later this week.

Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez

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The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.

Rays activate Kevin Kiermaier

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The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.

Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.