SAN Mig Super Coffee can heave a sigh of relief as doctors said power forward Marc Pingris has suffered no more than a bone bruise on his left rib in a loss to San Miguel Beer on Saturday night.
Mixers physical therapist Arcee Cua relayed the good news to Spin.ph shortly after obtaining the X-ray results of the 6-5 Pingris, who was accidentally hit in the rib area by Doug Kramer in the first half of an 88-97 loss to the Beermen.
He didn't return for the second half and went to a hospital as a precaution the next day.
“Nabanggit ni (team doctor) doc (Raffy Sanchez) na bone bruise 'yung sa rib ni Ping. At least ang maganda, walang fracture,” Cua said.
Cua said the energetic Pingris remains a doubtful starter for the team’s game against Meralco on Monday but should be well enough to make a difference in the playoffs.
“Sumasakit pa rin daw yung left rib niya, so papakiramdaman pa niya kung makakalaro siya bukas (Monday),” he added.
The youthful San Mig therapist said the bruised rib only requires rest to heal completely as the Mixers prepare for the playoffs in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Aside from his bruised rib, the banged-up Pingris has also suffered a boxer’s cut in his left eyelid last week during the Mixers’ 97-84 win over the Air21 Express.
Import James Mays and James Yap are also battling back spasms.