Gilas injury woes mount as Troy Rosario faces long layoff with shoulder tear
Gilas pool member and TNT rookie Troy rosario was diagnosed with a posterior labral tear in his shoulder and has been advised to rest for six to eight weeks. Jaime Campos

THE year 2015 ends on a bad note individually for Troy Rosario and generally for TNT.

Gilas Pilipinas should feel the pain, too.

The rookie power forward was diagnosed with a posterior labral tear in his shoulder which he suffered in the Tropang Texters’ knockout game against Rain or Shine in the final playing day of the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Monday.

As per consultation with shoulder specialist Dr. Randy Molo, Rosario is set to be out for the next six to eight weeks to allow the tear to heal, although a surgery has been ruled out.

But upon a second consultation, the former National University standout has been given at least three weeks of rest to determine if the shoulder will be operated or not, according to his representative Danny Espiritu.

“So we’ll see the development in the next three weeks,” said Espiritu on Thursday.

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Rosario hurt his shoulder while trying to go after Jeff Chan shortly after losing the ball in TNT’s possession midway through the fourth quarter and the Tropang Texters trailing, 95-79. He never returned to the game and finished with 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 25 minutes of play.

“Yung balikat niya imbes na pasulong, nahatak ng patalikod,” Espiritu added.

TNT lost, 104-89, and bowed out of contention for a semifinal berth in the all-Filipino conference.

Rosario's injury may not have a big impact on TNT, which is out of the playoffs, but is expected to affect Gilas Pilipinas, which is already dealing with a slew of injuries to members of its pool as it prepares for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July.

As it is, Ranidel de Ocampo, Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee have not been joining the national team's once-a-week practices because of injuries, although Lee is set to rejoin Rain or Shine in time for its semifinal playoff against San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup.

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TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio said based on the check-up done by Dr. Molo, the injury is not on Rosario’s dominant or shooting shoulder and therefore only needs about two months of rest and subsequent rehabilitation.

“He may be ready by middle of February,” said the amiable team manager of Rosario, a reserve in the last Gilas team that finished second to China in the Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha.

Following a thorough physical exam and review of the CT scan and MRI, Dr. Molo suggested conservative management and therefore no surgery is needed, according to Villavicencio.

“He based it on the fact that the injury is located posteriorly and shoulder dislocation do not usually happen posteriorly unlike anterior tears which normally require surgery,” said the TNT official.

“Secondly, part of the bone is still attached so there is room for normal healing.”

Rosario’s injury comes at a time when veteran big man Ranidel de Ocampo is still recuperating from a lower back injury he suffered early in the all-Filipino conference.

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