ROOKIE playmaker Justin Melton became San Mig Coffee’s third casualty less than a week into the PBA's new season after fracturing his left ring finger during the Mixers’ 69-86 blowout loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 5-11 Melton, a high-leaping guard out of Mt. Olive College taken in the second round by San Mig, suffered the injury during the first half but managed to finish the game, ending up with five points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals in his PBA debut.
An X-ray done by renowned orthopedic surgeon Raul Canlas confirmed the fracture and Melton is expected to be out for two to three weeks.
“Parang na-off balance siya after niyang mag-fastbreak at ma-foul ni (Barangay Ginebra’s) Chris Ellis,” San Mig physical therapist Arcee Cua told Spin.ph on Thursday before the team’s practice at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Cua said Melton played through the pain, thinking he merely jammed his finger.
Melton joins veterans Joe Devance and Peter June Simon on the injury list ahead of San Mig's next game against Alaska on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Devance is still nursing patellar tendinitis on his left knee and is not expected to return until Wednesday's game against Petron while Simon is also nursing tendinitis on his Achilles and is expected to be out of the lineup for the next two weeks.