Mets RF Mike Cameron underwent successful surgery to repair a broken nose and two fractured cheekbones, injuries he suffered in a collision with CF Carlos Beltran.

Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said yesterday that Cameron will remain at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., for at least a couple more days to recover from Friday night's surgery. His wife, JaBrecka, flew out from the family's home in McDonough, Ga., to join him.

Beltran was not at Dodger Stadium with his teammates yesterday and planned to spend the day at the team's hotel. He isn't expected back in the lineup until next week at the earliest. After colliding with Cameron, Beltran left Thursday's game in San Diego with a concussion and a fracture in his cheekbone that did not require surgery.

Cameron and Beltran were running full speed toward David Ross's looping fly to short right-center, and their heads hit as they left their feet to catch the ball. Cameron also ended up with a concussion in addition to his other injuries.

* METS' THIEVERY: The Mets got four steals yesterday to increase their NL-leading total to 112. Jose Reyes swiped his 40th base in the third and became the first Met to reach that figure since 1999, when Roger Cedeno had a franchise-record 66. Reyes stole second again in the seventh and put himself one shy of the club record for a shortstop, set by Frank Taveras in 1979.

* HONORED: A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by 12-year-old Katie Brownell before the Dodgers-Mets game in Los Angeles. Brownell threw a perfect game on May 14 and struck out all 18 batters while pitching for her Little League team. She is the only girl in the Oakfield-Alabama Little League program, which is located between Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y.

-- From News Services

Mets' Mike Cameron, shown here on July 26, suffered two fractured cheekbones and a broken nose on Thursday.