JUST when Globalport looked ready to turn its maiden PBA season around, another problem confronts the team.
The Batang Pier's superstar guard Solomon Mercado faces the prospect of being sidelined for up to four to six months after a shoulder specialist discovered a tear on the labrum on his right shoulder.
“The doctor told me I have a tear on my shoulder. Rehab isn’t gonna fix the tear, I really have to undergo surgery,” said Mercado after seeing the result of his check-up with Dr. Raymond Nunez at the University of Santo Tomas hospital.
The high scoring 6-1 guard had missed Globalport’s last three games in the Commissioner’s Cup because of the same injury. The first two doctors who looked at the injury advised only rehabilitation and rest, Mercado said.
If he opts for surgery now, The Fil-foreigner will not only be done for the season but may also miss the first few months of the following campaign.
No wonder he's frustrated.
“I’m really frustrated, I’ll miss pretty much the next conference. I wish I should have discovered this long before and underwent surgery right away. I would have been ready next month already,” he said.
“I got it checked by many doctors, they wanted me to rest it so it gets better. That’s what I did,” he added.
The shoulder tear was discovered after Mercado returned to Globalport practice on Monday morning.
“I got a good practice, I didn’t feel too bad. That’s why when I saw the shoulder specialist today, I was totally upset,” said the 29-year-old former Biola University standout, who averaged 13.18 points, 8.27 assists, 3.55 rebounds and 1 steal per game in the last Commissioner's Cup.
Mercado still plans to attend the Batang Pier’s practice on Tuesday, but bared that he will now discuss the matter with coach Junel Baculi and team management.
The Globalport guard said he can probably play through the injury for the rest of the season, but risks chronic problem in the long term.
Mercado said he is “trying to stay positive and optimistic about it, hopefully I don’t have a surgery. But I have a tear on my shoulder so the only way to fix that is through an operation."
“I am looking at the longevity of my career, I could probably play on it this conference… But it might become a chronic problem.”