WITH Danny Seigle set to make his debut for Talk 'N Text on Tuesday aggainst GlobalPort, veteran big man Ali Peek will most likely be dropped to the reserve list to be able to recuperate from a nagging injury.
A source told Spin.ph that although he has seen action this season, the hulking veteran has been playing through the pain to keep Talk 'N Text's frontline respectable against some of the league's biggest teams.
Dropping him to the reserve list, therefore, is the most logical move as Talk 'N Text tries to make room for Seigle under the PBA rule that limits teams to five Fil-foreign players in their active rosters.
“Healthy lahat yung ibang Fil-foreign namin. Si Ali ang medyo may injury pero pwedeng lumaro,” said the source of Peek, who he said has not completed a full training session since the season started.
“Kailangan niya magpahinga once in a while eh. May injury siya,” said the source who declined to pinpoint the exact injury that is nagging the hard-banging 38-year-old big man.
Texters coach Norman Black said picking who to drop will be a game time decision but declined to reveal who among his players are nursing injuries, for obvious reasons.
“I never talk about injuries. I don’t do that. Guys are targeted in the game. If the guy is injured and he can’t play, I’ll talk about him. But when he is injured and he can play, I’d rather not talk about it,” said the multi-titled coach.
Aside from Peek, the other Fil-foreign players on Talk 'N Text's active list are Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, Sean Anthony and Harvey Carey. Rob Reyes, the seventh Fil-foreigner in the team, is set to be activated by the team in mid-December.
Peek has been nursing an injury since last season, and being relegated to the reserve list will give him enough time to allow the injury to heal completely.
“Game shape lahat … si Ali lang. Pero hindi ko alam kung siya ang ibababa ha. Pero kung ang sinabi ni Norman is injury ang magiging basis, malamang si Ali nga,” said the source.
But Black hinted that any decision on who to relegate to the reserve list won't be permanent as he plans to shuffle players in and out of the active list as the need arises.
“We’ve been having problems with injuries … We brought Danny Seigle in to have a little bit of depth. That means, I am putting the guy on the injured list because of a minor injury and activate Danny Seigle,” Black said.
“Then if something happens to another Fil-Am, we put him down and bring in a new Fil-Am back.. so we’ll rotate these guys,” he added.
Meanwhile, Talk 'N Text alternate governor Patrick Gregorio bared that the team and the Manny V. Pangilinan group anticipate an uphill battle for the Texters in their quest for a fourth Philippine Cup title owing to the group's commitment to the national team.
“Part ng sakripisyo ito eh. Although our bid is to defend the Philippine Cup trophy, with the aim of a fourth straight, mas committed kasi kami sa national team,” said Gregorio.
The Texters have plenty players in the national pool like Alapag, Jayson Castro, Ranidel De Ocampo and Larry Fonacier who played for flag and country in Gilas’ runner-up finish in the last Fiba Asia championships.
“We’re committed kasi sa world championships, which the country hasn’t played in three or four decades,” he said.
“In 2014, let’s not forget we have the world championships… we also have the Asian Games. So it will be very difficult for Talk n’ Text to cope, but we have trust in them,” added Gregorio, who was one of the brains behind the acquisition of Seigle.