Cameron unlikely for Opening Day

Posted Dec 20, 2004

NEW YORK – Mike Cameron underwent left wrist surgery this week and is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, the Mets announced Monday.

It was a second trip under the knife this winter for Cameron, who had torn ligaments in his right wrist repaired two weeks after the season and was expected to be ready to begin spring training on time.

However, Cameron was also nagged by pain in his left wrist for the latter part of September, which was diagnosed as a sprain. During workouts last week, Cameron began to feel discomfort again and was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, according to the Mets.

Team hand specialist Dr. Andrew Weiland performed arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in Cameron's wrist, and the Mets expect Cameron to be ready for baseball activities sometime in March.

“Naturally, I’m disappointed,” Cameron said. “But I’d rather this be taken care of now, than to have the surgery during the season. The doctors told me three months until I can start to swing a bat, but I know in my own mind, I can make it sooner. My hands bothered me most of last year and I don’t want to go through that experience again.”

The move officially places all three Mets outfield spots in limbo. The Mets have been shopping left fielder Cliff Floyd for weeks, plugging him into various trade proposals for the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa and the Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez, according to a source.

Also, the team also allowed right fielder Richard Hidalgo to leave via free agency and has offered a contract to free agent Moises Alou, according to the Associated Press.

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