BARANGAY Ginebra star Mark Caguioa remains a question mark for the PBA All-Star Weekend as he is still nursing a back injury sustained after a collision with Blackwater Elite guard Brian Heruela last Wednesday.
A team insider told Spin.ph that Caguioa, who left the game after the accidental clash with Heruela and never returned, has yet to undergo an MRI scan, most likely hoping that the pain will heal naturally.
Ginebra won the game, 89-82.
“Ayaw pa niya pa MRI at X-ray. Inaaya na ng PT (physical therapist) naming pero ayaw pa rin daw,” said the source.
The development, however, should come as a sigh of relief for Ginebra fans as Caguioa's refusal to visit a doctor only means the injury not serious enough.
“Ganun naman si Mark eh, kung pakiramdam niya kaya n'ya pa at hindi naman ganun kalala, hindi magpapa-check up yun,” he said. “Kung matindi injury nun at talagang masakit, baka pumunta na nga 'yun (sa ospital).”
Another positive sign is that the 36-year-old high-scoring guard did not complain of any numbness on his back, which landed on Heruela's hip during the collision.
“Awa ng Diyos walang namanhid. Masakit lang daw talaga,” he said.
As of the moment, Caguioa is still being monitored through constant phone calls by Ginebra’s team of therapists and has been regularly administered with pain relievers like arcoxia.
The team has been on a break but is set to resume practice on Saturday.
Heruela, meanwhile, is also complaining of pain in his back, but said his condition has improved.
“Okay na yung back ko. Masakit pa rin pero it’s better now. Hindi na rin ako nagpa-check up,” Heruela. “Sa team PT lang namin ako nagpa-check.”
The soft-spoken Fil-American guard however believes that Caguioa got the worse of the collision.
“Parang sa tingin ko mas medyo malakas yung tama nung kay Caguioa, pero matibay rin yang si Kuya Mark, ang lakas din ng katawan eh. I hope he’s okay now just like me,” he said.
Caguioa, who was voted to start for the North team in the All-Star Game set on March 8 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, was seen limping on his way to the carpark after the game.