Injured Mets examined

The three injured Mets players, Carlos Beltran, Mike Cameron and Doug Mientkiewicz, underwent medical examinations on Monday.

None of the results could have been particularly thrilling for any of the three, but they represented steps in the right direction.

While Mike Cameron remains hospitalized in San Diego after Thursday's ugly collision with Carlos Beltran at PETCO Park, the outfielder is continuing to do well, the Mets said. Cameron had a follow-up CT scan on Monday and could be released as soon as Tuesday.

Beltran, meanwhile, is with the Mets in New York and underwent a battery of tests Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. The tests showed a zygomatic arch (cheek) fracture and prompted Beltran to consult with a maxillofacial surgeon, although he is still deciding whether or not to have surgery to repair the facial fracture.

Beltran also had an MRI of his brain performed and a neurologic evaluation, both of which were normal.

Doug Mientkiewicz, who continues to feel pain and fluid in his lower back, has nevertheless been cleared for a major league rehabilitation assignment with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League. Mientkiewicz is scheduled to leave for Florida on Tuesday and should play on Wednesday against Palm Beach.

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