BAD news for San Mig Coffee fans.
Import Matt Rogers will be forced to sit out when the Mixers begin their title defense in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday against Barako Bull after being downed by food poisoning.
A Spin.ph source said the 6-foot-11 slotman had apparently eaten spoiled pasta on Thursday night and soon after complained of diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and nausea.
Rogers was immediately rushed to the Cardinal Santos hospital, where he is still confined at the moment.
“Sayang nga kasi talagang ang ganda ng ipinapakita niya sa laro these past few days,” said the same source. “Gusto pa naman niyang patunayan `yung worth niya.”
A former Spanish league campaigner, Rogers faces the tough task of duplicating the championship feat of the Mixers last season when they won the import-laden conference behind fan favorite Denzel Bowles.
Rogers actually was San Mig’s first choice for import last season but was unavailable, giving the young Bowles the opening to win best import honors and lead the team to the Commissioner's Cup championship.
The 25-year-old Rogers is expected to be confined until Saturday morning.
“Kailangan namin matiyak na safe siya before na ilabas siya sa ospital,” added the same source, who nonetheless assured Rogers will be ready to suit up in the team’s next game against Petron on Wednesday.
“Okay na siya by that time. Ngayon lang talaga di pwede kasi talagang dehydrated siya.”