New York Mets RF Mike Cameron was taken off the field on a stretcher following a frightening head-to-head collision with CF Carlos Beltran in the seventh inning of a 2-1 loss to the Padres yesterday in San Diego.

Cameron suffered multiple fractures of both cheekbones and a broken nose. He also has a slight concussion, according to a report on the Mets' Web site. Cameron was placed on the 15-day disabled list and may miss the rest of the season, the report said.

Beltran had a sore left shoulder and a cut near his left temple. He was taken to Scripps Clinic where he will remain overnight for evaluation and tests.

"I don't remember anything of what happened," Beltran said. "I feel like I got hit by a train."

"I couldn't go over there," LF Cliff Floyd said. "Once I saw the blood, I'm not good with blood."

The game was delayed for about 13 minutes after the diving crash. Cameron lay on the field and was tended to by trainers from both teams before being taken to Mercy Hospital.

Cameron lifted up his head at one point, and shielded his eyes from the sun as he was put onto a stretcher by paramedics, lifted onto a cart and driven off the field. He was immobilized and put in a neck brace. Beltran got up a few minutes after the collision and walked off the field.

Both fielders went after a sinking liner by pinch hitter David Ross with one out and the score tied at 1. 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.

* FAN HURT: A woman was hospitalized with a ruptured spleen yesterday, two days after she was hit in the stands by Shawn Green's flying bat during a Marlins-Diamondbacks game in Miami. Karen Wellmeyer was injured Tuesday night and was in serious but stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital according to her husband, John Wellmeyer. He said his 37-year-old wife was expected to recover and that doctors hope to avoid surgery.

-- From News Services

Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran, left, and right fielder Mike Cameron collide while trying to catch a triple hit by the Padres' David Ross in the seventh inning in San Diego.