Right fielder taken off field on stretcher

SAN DIEGO -- New York Mets right fielder Mike Cameron was driven off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital after a diving, head-to-head collision with center fielder Carlos Beltran in Thursday's game against the Padres.

Cameron was conscious and alert, the Mets said. There were no other details on his condition.

Beltran left the game with a sore left shoulder and a cut to his face after the seventh-inning accident.

Cameron lay on the field for several minutes as he was tended to by trainers from both teams. He lifted up his head at one point and shielded his eyes from the sun as he was put onto a stretcher and driven off the field. He had a neck brace on and was immobilized.

Beltran got up after a few minutes and walked off the field on his own power.

Both fielders went after a sinking liner by pinch-hitter David Ross with one out. Cameron was completely stretched out diving for the ball when he and Beltran collided, falling into a heap.

Neither caught the ball, which went for a triple. Shortstop Chris Woodward sprinted out to get the ball and throw it into the infield.