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.
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
“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
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.
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
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.