Cameron keeping tabs on Giants' Martinez
Outfielder sends care package to hurler hurt by line drive
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder Mike Cameron has been keeping tabs on injured Giants pitcher Joe Martinez through a couple of San Francisco veterans, and he sent a care package to Martinez on Saturday.
The package contained some of Milwaukee's signature Klement's sausages packed in dry ice. While it was en route, Cameron received updates from Giants players Randy Winn and Aaron Rowand about the rookie Martinez, who sustained a concussion and three small skull fractures when he was struck in the head by a Cameron line drive in the ninth inning of Thursday's game.Cameron tried calling Martinez's hospital room, but Martinez couldn't talk. Cameron was still shaken by the experience as the Brewers played their home opener on Friday. "Was it weighing on me? Yeah, yesterday it was," Cameron said before batting practice on Saturday. "[Martinez] couldn't talk, but we did everything, sent him a care package, everything you could possibly think of. Doug [Melvin, Milwaukee's general manager] and [Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes] put it together, so that was cool. "It was hard, though. It was. Unless you've had a traumatic experience, you don't know. I'm pretty sure the same things were going through his mind on the way to the hospital that were going through mine." Cameron sustained a concussion and numerous fractures after a horrific collision with then-Mets teammate Carlos Beltran in August 2005.
In a statement released on Friday, Giants medical officials said that they expect Martinez to make a full recovery."It was good to hear," Cameron said.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.