Brewers' Cameron applies for MLB exemption to use stimulants

Updated: March 13, 2008, 7:36 PM ET
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Feeling that he might still be struggling with the aftereffects of a 2005 outfield collision, Brewers outfielder Mike Cameron has applied for a therapeutic exemption to use stimulants during the 2008 season.

Carlos Beltran, left, and Mike Cameron
AP Photo/Lenny IgnelziCameron's 2005 season ended on Aug. 11, when he slammed into Carlos Beltran while trying to catch a fly ball.

If he had applied for the exemption in 2007, he could have avoided the 25-game suspension he'll have to serve at the beginning of this season for testing positive for a banned stimulant for the second time.

In a report in USA Today, Cameron told the newspaper that he will see a neurologist Friday to determine if he is suffering from post-concussion syndrome as a result of a 2005 collision that knocked him out for the rest of the season when he was a member of the New York Mets.

"I may be fine, but [the test] can't hurt," Cameron told USA Today. "I just want to find out for sure, and whether I need anything to help me."

If the exemption is granted, Cameron would be permitted to use some amphetamines that are currently banned by the Major League Baseball drug policy.

Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said he was aware that Cameron was applying for an exemption but didn't know that he was going to see a neurologist.

"I knew he was [applying for] the therapeutic use exemption, but I didn't know he was using his possible post-concussion syndrome as a reason to get it," Ash said, according to MLB.com.

Cameron broke both cheekbones and his nose in the 2005 collision with Carlos Beltran and underwent surgery in San Diego, where the incident took place. He also suffered a mild concussion.