Purefoods cautious as MRI scan reveals James Yap has hamstring injury - not pulled calf muscle
Purefoods star James Yap has been listed as day-to-day after an MRI scan showed the source of his discomfort was not a pulled calf muscle but a hamstring injury. Jerome Ascano

IT seems the injury of Purefoods superstar James Yap is more serious than initially anticipated.

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan done on the two-time league MVP showed showed he has a hamstring injury and not a pulled calf muscle as earlier believed.

Nick Ocampo, the Hotshots’ physiotherapist, said Yap’s condition was verified by no less than renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas.

“Nagpunta kasi kami kay Dr. Canlas yesterday (Monday) and we’re looking at the hamstring for James. Nagpunta kami kay Doc just to make sure that the treatment we’re making is correct,” Ocampo told Spin.ph on Tuesday.

Yap was a late scratch in Purefoods’ 87-80 loss to San Miguel Beer on Sunday after being suffering what the team staff thought was a calf muscle injury.

But with the hamstring injury discovered, Ocampo said the team has listed Yap as day-to-day while doctors begin a new round of treatment.

“Day-to-day muna si James, though he usually comes early in practice to do some therapy and his usual routine, kasi ang hamstring, di basta-basta, baka kasi pagsabak, mas tumagal pagbalik niya,” he added.

The 6-foot-2 Yap didn’t join the team’s practice on Tuesday and instead let Ocampo and Arcee Cua, the other team physiotherapist, treat his right hamstring injury.

The Hotshots, currently at the cellar with Barako Bull Energy and Blackwater, won’t play till Friday when they go up against Globalport.

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