ALTHOUGH still feeling some pain, San Mig forward Marc Pingris has been doing aqua training and light plyometrics workout since bruising his left rib in the Mixers' loss to San Miguel Beer last week.
The 6-foot-5 Pingris said he is just doing his part in the hope of rejoining the team on Monday when the Mixers begin the quarterinal series against a still undetermined opponent.
“Kapag humihinga kasi ng malalim sumasakit pa. Mahirap, kasi buto eh,” Pingris told Spin.ph on Black Saturday.
Pingris said he holds no grudge against San Miguel backup big man Doug Kramer, who accidentally hit him on the left rib with his elbow during the early part of the second quarter.
The energetic Mixers forward said he already felt sharp pain on his left rib, when moments later, he got hit on the same area by San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo.
“Ganun pala pakiramdam ng boksingero pag nabodegahan,” Pingris said. “Natamaan na lang uli ako ni June Mar nung nasa depensa na kami kaya napaupo talaga ako sa sakit kasi nahirapan na ako huminga.”
Pingris is just one of several injured San Mig players, with import James Mays and top player James Yap both with back problems. Rookie guard Justin Melton also fractured his right ring finger in the game against San Miguel Beer.
San Miguel plays its last game of the eliminations against defending champion Alaska on Sunday.