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Pregame Notes: Red Sox vs. Mariners, Aug. 24

08.24.10 at 6:05 pm ET
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In the non-Johnny Damon News Division:

Mike Cameron will undergo surgery to repair his sports hernia on Friday at Mass General Hospital. In the first year of his two-year, $15.5 million deal, he was limited to just 48 games in which he hit .259 with a .328 OBP, .401 slugging mark and .729 OPS. Cameron is naturally disappointed that his season will be wiped out by injury, but did not have regrets about delaying the procedure, as he wanted to make every possible effort to play.

“I have no regrets on nothing other than a regret that I’€™m not getting an opportunity to go out and still continue to be in the trenches with the fellas. Other than that, I’€™ve given every ounce of me to this ballclub, to my mind and everybody else, so I have nothing to look back upon in a negative light other than that I wish I could have been at full health to be able to go out and run around like a wild horse,” said Cameron. “I’€™m a little nervous, obviously, but I’€™m excited to go ahead on and take care of things that will allow me to feel a lot better and be able to move around a lot better and get ready to start looking forward to ‘€™11, God willing.”

Jonathan Papelbon suggested that he feels like he’s in top form as the season enters its final stages. He feels that he’s taken the lessons of the season to achieve his greatest mechanical comfort “in a long, long time.”

“I’€™m basically standing over the rubber a little bit more. I’€™m able to stay behind the baseball, obviously,” said Papelbon. “For me, that makes a huge difference. I think that for a closer, if you can be able to go out there and repeat your delivery night in and night out, you’€™re going to be successful no matter who you are.”

Since June 26, Papelbon has allowed earned runs in just two of 22 games, with a 1.64 ERA during that time, and he has struck out 25 batters in his last 22 innings.

Hideki Okajima, who had been scheduled to rejoin the Sox to be examined on Tuesday, was instead told to stay with Triple-A Pawtucket in Buffalo to continue his rehab assignment. Okajima was touched for four runs while recording just one out on Monday.

“Had kind of a tough night,” said manager Terry Francona.

As a result, the Sox felt that, rather have him rejoin the team now for an exam, he should stay in Triple-A to work on his fastball command in another rehab game. He will pitch on Wednesday, then return to Boston.

Kevin Cash has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, while Dusty Brown was told after Monday’s game that he was being optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

–The team was hoping to have a conference call with multiple doctors about the condition of Dustin Pedroia‘s left foot either on Tuesday night or on Wednesday morning, depending on the availability of all parties. For now, Pedroia isn’t doing much physical activity on his feet while on the disabled list.

Francona arranged for a phone call between Pedroia and basketball icon Michael Jordan, who played for Francona in his foray into minor league baseball, to discuss the recovery from a broken navicular bone. Jordan suffered such an injury in his second NBA season in 1984-85, missing much of the year before making a dazzling end-of-season return against the Celtics in the playoffs.

Francona rarely likes to reach out to Jordan given the demands on the Bobcats owner, but he thought that the Hall of Famer might enjoy the chance to talk to Pedroia. Francona said that it was “probably a tie” as to whether Jordan or Pedroia was the more formidable trash-talker.

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