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Cameron keeping tabs on Giants rookie

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 suffered 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 Saturday. “[Martinez] couldn’t talk but we did everything, sent him a care package, everything you could possibly thing 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.”

In a statement released Friday, Giants medical officials said they expect Martinez to make a full recovery.

“It was good to hear,” Cameron said.

Brewers thinking of Giants pitcher

A number of Brewers officials expressed well-wishes Friday for Joe Martinez, San Francisco’s rookie right-hander who was struck in the head by a batted ball during Thursday’s Brewers-Giants game at AT&T Park.

Martinez suffered a concussion and a small hairline skull fracture, according to a report from the Giants’ medical staff that was forwarded to the Brewers. He is alert and comfortable at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, and will remain there for another three or four days.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was worried both for Martinez and for Milwaukee center fielder Mike Cameron, whose line drive struck Martinez.

“We hope that Joe Martinez will be OK,” Melvin said. “You don’t wish that on anybody. Your job is go to up there and hit the ball hard, but that’s not the result you want.

“Obviously, Mike was bothered by it. I hope that he’s fine because he’s been swinging the bat well. And the other part, Joe Martinez is a young pitcher that’s worked his way to the big leagues and it’s very unfortunate that he may have to spend time on the disabled list now. I just hope that he gets a chance to come back and play.”

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