A healthy and speedy Cameron

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron is showing signs that he’s healthy and ready to contribute.

Cameron was limited to 48 games in 2010 because of an abdominal strain and had season-ending surgery last September to repair the damage. His offseason rehab went well and he arrived at camp in good shape. He served as the DH against Northeastern on Saturday and started in center field in the first Grapefruit League game against the Twins on Sunday night at Hammond Stadium.

He went 1-for-3 and stole his first base of the spring. Defensively, he was running around the outfield with ease and tracking down the ball.

“That was the exciting part of the night,” manager Terry Francona said after the Sox’s 8-4 loss. “His stride looks good and that was the most exciting thing of the night for me. He’s worked really hard. He looks like he’s free and easy moving around, which is really good.”