Originally created 08/21/05

Baseball notebook



NEW YORK - Injured right fielder Mike Cameron expects to miss the rest of the New York Mets' season while he recovers from a violent collision with teammate Carlos Beltran.

Cameron said Saturday he was unable to breathe or talk for a few moments after colliding with Beltran in the outfield on Aug. 11 in San Diego.

"I don't remember too much," Cameron said in a telephone interview. "I was out of it for a minute. I couldn't breathe because I had blood coming out of my nose and my mouth at the same time. That was my main concern. Breathing, breathing. After that, I figured something was wrong because I couldn't really function that well."

Cameron broke both cheekbones and his nose in the collision and underwent surgery in San Diego. He also has a mild concussion and was placed on the disabled list.

Beltran has a cracked cheekbone and a mild concussion but decided not to have surgery and returned to the Mets' lineup this week.

BRAVES: Somewhat overshadowed in the rise of rookie phenom Jeff Francoeur and the spiraling performance of Andruw Jones has been the hitting of Chipper Jones.

Finally recovered from foot and shoulder injuries, Jones has gone 14-for-24 with two home runs and nine RBI in during a seven game hitting streak.

WHITE SOX: In Chicago, the slumping White Sox were without home run and RBI leader Paul Konerko for a second consecutive game while the first baseman continues to recover from a strained back.