CHALK up another casualty in the Petron Boosters’ ever-growing injury list.
Big man Jay Washington hurt his left leg and sat out the entire fourth quarter of the Boosters’ 81-95 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Washington was hit in the leg when he got entangled with Cliff Hodge as the Meralco rookie was going to the basket with a little over three minutes left in the third period.
The Fil-Am forward never returned to the court, finishing the game with just five points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field, to go with four rebounds.
But PBA board chairman Robert Non of the SMC Group believes Washington will be able to play in the Boosters’ next game against Rain or Shine on Wednesday.
Arwind Santos however, had a different opinion on the injury.
"Solid yun, otherwise knowing J-Wash, maglalaro pa rin yun ng second half," said Santos. "Kung ilalaro man niya `yun next game, sigurado may pain pa rin yun."
Washington, who had tasked to hold the fort for the Boosters' injury-plagued frontline, said the blow was so hard he felt intense pain even with heavy padding on the leg.
“I already had may pad on the legs, but I still got hit,” said the Petron forward as he limped out of the MOA Arena, his left leg heavily packed with ice.
The Boosters are already playing terribly short in the frontcourt with veterans Dorian Pena and Danny Ildefonso, along with rookie June Mar Fajardo, all nursing various injuries.
Asked by Spin.ph if his often dislocated left shoulder has already been operated on, Ildefonso answered in the negative.
“Hindi pa. Baka lumaro pa kasi ako sa next game (namin),” added the two-time league MVP with a smile, obviously aware of the Boosters’ lack of big men inside.