MERALCO’S Cliff Hodge suffered a herniated disc in Wednesday’s match against Phoenix and still has no time table for his return.
Hodge was not in uniform on Friday for the do or die game between the two teams in the PBA Governors Cup and was seen walking with the help of a cane following the injury he suffered while going for a layup against Phoenix.
“I have a herniated disc. I got an MRI checked out and that’s what I have. There is no timetable right now. I’ll go back to see the doctor again on Monday,” Hodge said.
Hodge said he has been feeling pain in his back and hip for quite some time but played through the pain until Wednesday’s incident where he needed to be helped by Meralco personnel just to get out of the Cuneta Astrodome.
“My back and my hip were really tight for like the last two weeks. I think I went up for a layup awkwardly and I kinda twisted wrong. That’s what happened. I think it was just stemmed from by back being tight and had a wrong turn,” Hodge said.
Hodge said the cane is a big help.
“I’m in pain. It’s really like I feel like my back is super, super stiff. Actually, the cane stabilizes me,” said Hodge.
The 30-year-old Hodge said he hopes to get good news on Monday, hoping to play against Alaska in their best-of-five semifinals starting on Sunday.
“I’m hoping that either semis or in the finals, hopefully, if we could get there,” Hodge said.