Signs encouraging as Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson awaits MRI result on shoulder injury
Scottie Thompson can move his right arm freely a day after hurting his shoulder in Ginebra's comeback win over NLEX. Jerome Ascano

A DAY after hurting his shoulder in Barangay Ginebra’s 91-90 comeback over the NLEX Road Warriors, rising star Scottie Thompson can freely move his right arm and team staffers are hopeful the injury is not as bad as feared.

Thompson collided with NLEX man-mountain Asi Taulava during an inbounding play in the last three seconds of the game and still feels stinging pain whenever he moves his right hand, team staffers said, ahead of an ultrasound and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan on the injury.

“I-u-ultrasound siya ngayon saka ipapa-MRI, para makasiguro. Pero base daw sa initial examination ng team doctor, mukhang okay naman eh. Walang serious na nakikita,” said a source from inside the Ginebra camp.

“Kasi ipinagalaw at ipina-angat ng mga therapist kay Scottie 'yung kamay niya, naigagalaw naman niya,” he added.

[See Thompson hoping, praying shoulder injury is nothing serious]

The same source revealed that Thompson’s injury is likely not as bad as the rotator cuff tear that Manny Pacquiao suffered during his WBO welterweight title fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior last May.

“Sa initial test, awa ng Diyos, hindi malala ang injury niya. Hopefully hindi na mag-undergo ng surgery na kagaya nung kay Pacquiao, kasi tatagal 'yun. Baka pahinga lang ang kailanganin,” he said.

Although the results of his tests are still pending, team insiders are hopeful Thompson's injury, at worst, is no more than a strained rotator cuff.

“Wala sanang punit, pero mukhang nahila lang yung tendon niya kaya masakit. May galaw kasi na nasasaktan siya, may galaw na okay naman,” said the source.

“Yung team doctors namin sabi okay naman. Pero kailangan pa rin nga daw ng MRI para mas makasiguro,” he added.

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