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Baseball Prospectus' Will Caroll gives us a quick update on Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran:

The Mets continue to feel the after-effects of the Mike Cameron/Carlos Beltran collision. Cameron had surgery on Friday to correct and stabilize the various bones of his face injured in the incident; he is expected to make a full recovery. As yet, no problems with his vision have appeared, and that was the biggest baseball concern. Baseball, of course, was the least of anyone's concerns at first. Beltran is still feeling the effects of his concussion. As I said at the time, there is no such thing as a mild concussion. Beltran may yet have surgery to stabilize a fractured cheekbone, but it was the nausea and balance problems that had the Mets worried about their superstar. He may yet hit the DL, dashing any real hopes for the postseason the Mets have. There shouldn't be any long-term consequences for Beltran.

The Mets are waiting for test results on Doug Mientkiewicz to see if there's a discernible reason for the continued pain and numbness in his lower back. He's expected, despite this, to be headed to low-A Brooklyn sometime this week.

The outlook on Cameron and Beltran, long-term at least, is definitely promising. I'm confused as to why Beltran isn't on the disabled list right now immediately as we speak now. The guy had a concussion and fractured part of his face! Give the guy a few weeks off and call up someone from the minors who can play centerfield. I certainly wouldn't call up Lastings Milledge until September 1st, if that's even something they would consider. Maybe Prentice Redman could run around a bit out there. Hell, he can't be any worse than Gerald Williams, Ice's out-of-nowhere homerun notwithstanding.