After having second and third medical opinions, Globalport star guard Solomon Mercado has opted to forego major surgery and instead undergo an aggressive rehabilitation of his right shoulder tear so he could play in next month’s PBA Governors Cup.
The 6-1 guard out of Biola University told Spin.ph that he had second thoughts going under the knife without the certainty of regaining his old form and fitness once he swings back to action after a rest of about four to six months.
“I have two or three doctors telling me I needed a surgery and another two to three doctors who told me I need a rehab. But what it came down to, some doctors said shoulder surgery is a hit and miss,” Mercado said on Wednesday.
“I just didn’t have a good feeling about going under the knife, then be out four to six months and still be the same,” he added.
Mercado missed the team’s last three Commissioner’s Cup games due to a right shoulder injury he suffered at the early part of the conference. After months of rehabilitation, he was told two weeks ago that he has a tear on his right shoulder labrum that requires surgery.
After foregoing the shoulder surgery, Mercado, who averaged 13.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.5 assists in more than 35 minutes of playing time per game during the Commissioner’s Cup, said he is undergoing rehabilitation every day after practice to ensure that the injury would heal soon.
“I don’t just want to do rehab and not be with my teammates. And the biggest thing with the team is chemistry, especially with Jay Washington and (Yousif) Taha and all the other (new) guys, I want to play with them. I know God is protecting my shoulders as I play hard,” said Mercado.
With the arrival of Washington and Taha, Mercado is confident that the Batang Pier are ready to compete in the season-ending Governors Cup after winning just three times in 28 games so far this season.