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.

The Giants are considering Pablo Sandoval at second base

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Pablo Sandoval could be tabbed to play second base in the near future, per a report from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Shea, Sandoval has been spotted taking grounders at second during pre-game warm-ups and may be considering switching to the keystone on a part-time basis.

It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing the 31-year-old corner infielder has done this year — that distinction goes to the flawless inning of relief he pitched in a blowout loss against the Dodgers last month. But it would represent a pretty notable departure from his comfort zone even so; Sandoval has primarily manned first and third base throughout his 11-year career in the majors and has also taken a few reps at DH during his resurgence with the Giants in 2018.

Of course, this wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent switch for Sandoval. As Shea points out, the Giants are thin on middle infielders after losing Joe Panik to a torn UCL in his left thumb and backup Alen Hanson to a left hamstring strain. Provided he can get up to speed quickly (no easy feat, according to infield coach Ron Wotus), he’d give the club some added depth behind Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez until Panik is ready to take the field again. Sandoval has impressed at the plate this spring, batting a healthy .270/.329/.429 with six extra-base hits and a .757 through 70 plate appearances.